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Modern Foreign Language at Key Stage 2

Our modern foreign language teaching will concentrate on French. We use the Twinkl Plan It French scheme as a basis and support for our language lessons.


Our French curriculum offers a carefully planned sequence of lessons, ensuring progressive coverage of the skills required by the national curriculum. Our chosen themes – Time Travelling, Let’s Visit a French Town and This Is France – provide an introduction to the culture of French-speaking countries and communities. It aims to foster children’s curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world. A linear curriculum has been chosen to allow opportunity for children to gradually build on their skills.  Our French curriculum enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in French and provides opportunities to interact and communicate with others both in speech and in writing. At the heart of our curriculum is the desire to expose children to authentic French, so the scheme offers regular opportunities to listen to native speakers.

In Lower KS2, children acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their Speaking and Listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, alongside Reading and Writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy.
Through our French curriculum, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of languages and to expand their horizons to other countries, cultures and people. We aim to help children grow into curious, confident and reflective language learners and to provide them with a foundation that will equip them for further language studies.


Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammar are built in.
Our lessons and resources help children to build on prior knowledge alongside the introduction of new skills. A series of lessons are followed, providing structure and context as well as offering an insight into the culture of French-speaking countries and communities. The introduction and revision of key vocabulary and grammatical structures is built into each lesson. This vocabulary is then included in display materials and additional resources so that children have opportunities to repeat and revise their learning.

The sequence of units is linked to times of the year (seasons, festivals, events) or other cross curricular aspects.


Children will have covered the aspects of learning as set out in the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages. They will have developed a recall of relevant vocabulary , and formulate simple phrases and become engaged in simple conversational French, ask questions, and are able to write sentences and phrases relating to a range of topics. They will be confident in moving onto KS3 to further develop their language skills in French and other MFLs. They have become resilient language learners and are not afraid to “have a go” both in terms of pronunciation, trying out phrases and sentences and producing written tasks. We measure impact through lesson observations and work monitoring as well as pupil voice and dialogue between the subject leader and specialist MFL teachers.

French Progression Map

French overview

PlanIt Links French Progression Map

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