At Ainderby Steeple CE Primary School our intent for French is to ensure that the French scheme of work and French teaching instils a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. We encourage our pupils to live the Christian Vision and embrace and love all learning challenges and respect and show love towards other languages and cultures. We want our pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French. Through our scheme of work, we aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages, developing a strong understanding of the English language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future. The French scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National curriculum end of Key stage 2 attainment targets (there are no Key stage 1 attainment targets for Languages). We wish to inspire our pupils by forging links with secondary French teachers by offering an annual teaching and celebration event.

What does French look like at our school?


The French scheme of work is designed with three knowledge strands that run throughout all units with knowledge building cumulatively. These are:

  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

This knowledge can then be applied within our skills strands, which also run throughout each unit in the scheme:

  • Language comprehension (Listening and reading)
  • Language production (Speaking and writing)


National curriculum coverage documentation demonstrates which units cover each of the attainment targets as well as each of the strands. The Mixed Year Group Progression of Skills and Knowledge documentation show the skills and knowledge that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of Key Stage 2. Through the French scheme, pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. The scheme provides balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond. The scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.


Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work. The scheme of work focuses on developing ‘Language Detective Skills’ and developing an understanding of French grammar, and key vocabulary rather than on committing to memory vast amounts of French vocabulary. Pronunciation is emphasised early on using ‘Mouth Mechanics’ videos to support pupils with phoneme pronunciation in French. Adaptive Teaching Guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all. In order to help pupils, retain their French learning, we incorporate French into the classroom environment within ‘During the week’ opportunities. Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to be able to deliver a highly effective languages curriculum. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. Lessons include a section entitled, ‘Teacher knowledge – language points’ to explain key grammar and other details to the teacher before the lesson, together with a key vocabulary and pronunciation presentation with sound files to demonstrate the correct pronunciation. Many of the other presentations included in the lessons also include sound files, supporting teachers who are less confident with their own pronunciation to deliver the lesson and support the children’s learning.


The impact of the scheme is monitored continuously through both formative and summative assessment. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives. An assessment spreadsheet is available to record children’s progress in each lesson to enable teachers to build a picture of their learning through each unit. After the implementation of French, pupils should leave school equipped with a range of language-learning skills to enable them to study French, or any other language, with confidence at Key Stage 3. The expected impact of following the French scheme of work is that children will:

➔ Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering in a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion.

➔ Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts.

➔ Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation.

➔ Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately.

➔ Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning.

➔ Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt.

➔ Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages.

➔ Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics.

➔ Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Languages.

Pupil Voice from our children

Why is it important to learn other languages?

“So that you understand people from different countries. Also that you can get good jobs.” (Y5 child)

“So if you go to a country that speaks a different language you can communicate with people.” (Y6 child)


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Mixed Age National Curriculum Mapping Document– Please request password from School Administrator

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers are used by the pupils in school and a copy will be sent home with your child at the start of each French unit.

The subject leader for MFL is Mrs Peart