Modern Foreign Language – French



Learning a foreign language is a vital part of being a part of a multicultural society and provides a necessary opening into other cultures.  Language education can foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.  Teaching enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing.  We aim to provide children with frequent opportunities to use French for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language.  Our French curriculum aims to provide firm foundations and interest in learning of other language in the future, equipping children to study and work in other countries.



Weekly French lessons take place throughout Key Stage 2, with some basic foundations being laid in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage, such as greetings.  Our curriculum is based on classroom talk, translation, songs, games and short texts informed by planning and resources from Rigolo. 

Children learn to:

  • Read write and speak French words, phrases and sentences to communicate meaning.

  • Develop an appreciation of French language and culture.

  • Develop awareness of global citizenship.

  • Develop an understanding of etymology and the relevance of this to  words that we use in modern English.

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of grammar and spelling both in English and French – similarities and differences.



We aim to ensure that pupils leave St James’s C.E. Primary School being able to hold a basic conversation in French and are inspired to travel and learn other languages. Through high quality planning and teaching, pupils will become more confident and willing to engage in whole class, group and independent activities. We aim to match learning activities to the needs and ability of the pupil making French a lesson that all pupils can access and succeed in.  Pupils are assessed informally against objectives outlined on the Rigalo curriculum followed in all year groups. At the end of each topic, pupils will assess their own progress and confidence as well as teachers assessing pupils’ progress against the KS2 framework for languages and focused particularly on three main objectives: oracy, literacy and intercultural understanding.