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MFL - French 

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

(National Curriculum, DfE)

Our Modern Foreign Languages (‘MFL’) curriculum has been designed to ensure that pupils acquire, use and apply their knowledge of French through the progression of the three knowledge strands (pillars of language)

  • phonics
  • vocabulary and
  • grammar

The learning of each skill starts as structured, supported understanding (listening and reading) and meaningful production (speaking and writing), and gradually builds to freer production, in which learners recall and manipulate a wider range of language to communicate meaning.

National Curriculum objectives

Pupils will secure their knowledge of the three knowledge strands using the four language learning skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. The four language learning skills are taught together, rather than as separate skills. Pupils will use and apply these skills in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and this will also help pupils to improve their overall attainment in other subject areas. 





listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help

read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing

write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language

describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing


develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*

broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing


present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences




What does it mean to get better at French?

  • Phonics – Pupils can accurately decode sound-symbol correspondence and can pronounce most words accurately from the written form, including those not yet explicitly taught. Pupils can use the produce a potentially accurate spelling of new words.
  • Vocabulary – Pupils recognise a broad range of words
  • Grammar – Pupils can understand how the words are ‘glued’ together with grammar


 Online Subject Links

French language skills including speaking, listening, reading and writing

BBC Bitesize

Use the link below to access “Supermovers.” This routine focusses on greetings – have a go!

BBC Supermovers

A compilation of short clips and memorable songs for beginners learning French.

BBC Teach

French for Kids for your IWB, PC or Mac. Learn basic French vocabulary using these colourful drag and drop games.