MFL - French

French at The Whartons
Primary School
❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞
‒Nelson Mandela




Teach discrete lessons in Key Stage 2 (KS2) and offer language and culture experiences in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).


Compare their own culture and others to gain a better understanding of both.

Provide opportunities for cross-curricular links and reinforce knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.

Prepare children for Key Stage 3 (KS3) expectations of being able to read, write, listen to and speak French.



*All KS2 classes will have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in in Key Stage Two which will be taught by teachers and support staff.

*Early Years and key Stage one children will  be introduced to basic vocabulary including numbers and greetings. 

*Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.

In Year 6 specialist MFL teachers come into school from Prince Henry’s to teach lessons.


SMSC Links

Social - French supports social development by encouraging a collaborative approach to learning. Children regularly converse in the target language.

 Moral - French supports moral development by encouraging children to look, discuss and evaluate a range of social and moral issues found in other cultures. 

Spiritual - French supports spiritual development by exploring new language and vocabulary. Children are encouraged to express themselves in the target language. 

Cultural - French supports cultural development of a child by exposing them to a foreign language and culture. It helps promote internationalism and their role within the world.




*Pupils will continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language learning journey through the primary phase.

*Previous language will be recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate.

*Our long term, short term planning  and individual lesson plans  lay out the learning aims and intentions of each individual lesson within a unit. These planning documents ensure that teachers know what to teach and how to teach it in each lesson, across whole units and across each scholastic term.

*Pupils will be aware of their own learning goals and progression as each unit offers a pupil friendly overview so that all pupils can review their own learning at the start and at the end of each unit.

*Children are expected to make good or better than good progress in their foreign language learning and their individual progress is tracked and reported to pupils and parents / carers our two parent consultation days in October and February and then in end of year reports in July.


Useful links
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Why we choose to learn French as our Modern Foreign Language
The French language is one of the most widespread in the world with nearly 300 million speakers. While it’s still highly associated with France — the country where it was first formed — most French speakers live in other countries. Getting a grasp on how many people speak French and where it’s spoken will carry you to pretty much every continent in the world.
French is the official language in 29 countries. The 29 countries are, in alphabetical order: Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo and Vanuatu.
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