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MFL - French

Theological Underpinning

Language is synonymous with nationhood and nowhere is this more powerful than in the Bible. Jesus doesn’t discriminate on these lines. He shows us this when he asks the Samaritan woman for water – he is not interested in the common prejudices but instead begins a conversation. Acts such as these show the power of communicating to break down boundaries. Jesus calls to all of the people of the world, seeking to unite them. Whilst the book of Genesis tells us of Babel and how God scatters the people of the Earth, from speaking one language to many, Jesus seeks to create a bridge between peoples. Importantly, in Acts we see that the disciples are empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak many languages, to spread the teaching of Jesus.


NC Programme of Study Aims

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation 
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt 
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. 



The introduction to the programme of study for Languages in the National Curriculum states that


“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures’, a subject which should “foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.”


At All Saints’ the subject is taught through the medium of French and teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at secondary school.


Through a range of topics, pupils learn to listen to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding, including songs, poems and conversation. They are encouraged to speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. Developing accurate pronunciation and intonation is achieved through opportunities such as role-play, e.g. going shopping or presenting a weather forecast.


French is taught currently in Year 3 by Mr Gardner, a fluent French speaker,  where, for some pupils, they get their first introduction to another language. Our Year 3 topics include: Greetings, Days of the Week and Months of the Year, Colours, Pets and developing understanding and knowledge about the culture of France and particularly enjoy learning songs. In Year 4, pupils are taught by the Headteacher, Ms Wood and consolidate learning from the previous year and introduce topics such as Weather, Food and Drink and Sports, focusing more closely on the written and grammatical aspects. 


Year 5 and Year 6 are taught by Mr Gardner and Ms Sharp respectively; focusing on understanding and building essential skills (écouter, écrire, répéter, traduire) and moving towards a greater focus on writing. In grammar, they study nouns, pronouns and determiners to create sentences for speaking and listening, such as cette pomme est rouge, or la fille est riche. We will continue with conjugation (je mange, tu manges) and transfer skills from speaking to writing. In vocabulary we have consolidated the previous learning of numbers, days, months, colours, and some foods and are focusing on vocabulary of sport (j'aime le cricket) and clothes (j'ai une chemise rouge).

Latin if offered as an extra-curricular club to pupils in Years 5 and 6.