Horsforth Newlaithes

Primary School

Curriculum overview

This document gives you an overview of what is being taught in which year group. Weekly lessons of French are taught in KS2. In KS1, children are exposed to languages through a phrase of the week and through songs and games. Emphasis is also placed on learning about the children's own culture and languages in KS1.

Policy for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)- French

Newlaithes vision for MFL

This policy outlines the teaching and learning of MFL taught at Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School. The policy has been drawn up to reflect our whole school approach to MFL and has been discussed with staff and has the agreement of the Governing Body. The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all practitioners in the school learning community, supported by the subject leader.


We believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the foreign language and English. The learning of a language should enhance their abilities to communicate and help to develop personal skills. Learning a foreign language raises awareness of the multi-lingual and multi-cultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning. It also provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects. French learning provides an opportunity for our already bilingual and EAL children to share their experiences of language use and structure. MFL allows children to learn in active and engaging ways, often without pen or paper.


• To give children a positive, enthusiastic attitude to MFL learning

• To develop the ability to communicate using the French Language

• To develop confidence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French

• To learn about some of the cultural aspects of France

• To foster an interest in learning other languages and how other languages work.

• To introduce children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun

• To stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language

• To encourage children to be aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another

• To help the children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries

The Organisation of MFL in the Curriculum

All classes in KS2 are taught French both formally and informally. Learning intentions and success criteria are shared with the children. Lessons may include games, songs, oral work, role-play and active participation as well as listening and talking. Reading and written tasks are included with increasing frequency as the children advance throughout the school. Teachers are encouraged to use French informally, during the day when appropriate (greetings, register, instructions, praise etc).

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, the children have the opportunity to listen to and learn simple songs and rhymes in French and in the home languages of pupils in the class.

In Key Stage 2, French is taught formally once a week and planning follows the objectives of La Jolie Ronde scheme of work as adopted by Education Leeds.

A whole-school languages day annually adds to this teaching and encourages engagement through a whole day of activities and experiences.

We teach the children how to:

• ask and answer questions

• use correct pronunciation and grammar

• memorise words

• interpret meaning

• understand basic grammar

• use dictionaries

• work in pairs and groups, and communicate in MFL

• look at life in another culture


From KS1 through to Year 6, assessment is informal; evidence is gathered by the teacher through talking and listening using assessment opportunities built into the scheme of work. Children are involved in self assessing their knowledge and skills and through peer assessment.


Continuity is achieved by discussing the school curriculum for French together as a staff, taking into account subject matter, whole school topics and curriculum links and children’s abilities. This will also be monitored by the subject leader through lesson observations, pupil and staff questionnaires and scrutiny of work.