Modern Foreign Languages – curriculum information


The main focus of MFL will be to give pupils a well-rounded knowledge of the basics of our chosen language: French. From Year 3 to Year 6 there will be a clear progression of skills which involves new learning and recapping on previous teaching, building vocabulary and language.

In these weekly lessons, we will provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language that will lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at Key Stage 3. Pupils will be able to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing with a main focus being on practical communication.


The curriculum is led and overseen by one MFL lead

At Withernsea we have recently subscribed to the Language Angels Scheme of Work to teach French across the school. All French lessons follow a thematic approach lasting 6 weeks with clearly organized units ranging from Core Vocabulary, Phonics and Grammar, Early Language, Intermediate Language, Progressive and Creative Language, thus allowing for progression.

We will undertake a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review.

The KS2 Programme of study(2014)

By the end of Key Stage 2 and through the use of songs, rhymes, stories, poems and games the children will be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to the spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language and link spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, express ideas clearly.
  • Describe people, places, and things orally and in writing.
  • Understand some of the basic grammar in French.


  • Children will become confident to engage in simple conversations and will have an awareness of the vocabulary and language needed in a variety of situations.
  • They will have an understanding of simple French language which will form the basis of future work to be undertaken in Key Stage 3.
  • Children will have gained a clear insight into similarities and differences between themselves and those of French speaking children.

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