Blakeney, Pillowell and Walmore Hill Community Schools' Federation

Curriculum - MFL

'To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.'

Chinese Proverb


At ours schools we teach French to all children from EYFS to KS2 as part of the normal school curriculum. We believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language in a fun and engaging way, the more quickly that language is acquired. Furthermore, learning a foreign language is an excellent way to develop intercultural understanding, understand their role as a global citizen and foster a love of further language learning.

In EYFS, pupils are exposed to occasional songs, rhymes and stories which creates an excitement about languages. In KS1 and KS2, French is taught in regular lessons by the class teacher, in practical and memorable ways. We follow our bespoke scheme of work (based on the National Curriculum Languages Programme of Study) which introduces new vocabulary and language structures whilst building on previous language learned (this allows for important repetition- essential in language learning for key vocabulary to be retained). Each year the children amaze themselves at their ability to be able to retell a story in French, they wow parents with their French singing and they record written passages of French in their writing books.

We have a wide range of French resources available such as high quality French books, songs and role play equipment.

Here are some of the things we do.

  • We play French games.
  • We write to French children.
  • We invite native French speakers into the classroom.
  • Each year we have a French assistant who teaches small groups throughout the school.
  • We use puppets for role play.
  • We listen to French songs and read French books.

Progression of Skills

French Programme of Study – KS1 and KS2