Horsforth Newlaithes

At Newlaithes we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed and extended. Lessons will enable pupils to make substantial progress in French. The linguistic skills gained will assist and lay foundations for further language learning. It will provide pupils with the confidence and independence to explore and be able to attempt manipulation of the structure of language. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work. It is a live scheme which is continually updated and revised in order to meet with current curriculum standards. Alongside the planning provided, the network also enriches this through accompanying PowerPoints, pod casts (spoken by native speakers) links to authentic literature, songs, games, culture points of reference and links to appropriate websites. To promote an active learning of languages a range of teaching methods are implemented to ensure that the children are developing their linguistic skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to be secondary ready. Our children’s skills will progress through four threshold concepts: read fluently, write imaginatively, speak confidently, understand the culture of the country in which the language is spoken. Interweaved through the curriculum will be our knowledge categories of verbs, nouns, adjectives and the alphabet. Activities children complete can consist of actions, rhymes, stories, song, drama, grammar focus, video clips, air writing, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.

We want children to leave Newlaithes with a love of learning languages. The foundations will have been laid ready for them to continue their journey of language learning at secondary school.

Currently assessment is informal across the four language skills and the progress made in these throughout KS2. Materials are available on the PLN website should teachers wish to assess progress at the end of each unit.


Threshold Concepts Knowledge Categories

Read fluently

Write imaginatively

Speak confidently

Understand the culture of the country in which the language is spoken

The alphabet





Click here to download our intent statement for French

Click here to download our long plan plan for French

Click here to download our skills progression document for French