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Modern Foreign Languages (French)


    The intent is that all lesson content is continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that is clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This ensures that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils, progresses within each academic year and, is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase. In so doing, it is always relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements. 

    The four key language learning skills; listeningspeakingreading, and writing are taught and all necessary grammar is covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas.




    What does Modern Foreign Language Learning look like at Halton School?

    • Every child in Key Stage 2 receives a 1 hour dedicated French lesson each week.
    • KS 1 study some languages through songs, stories and dance, linked to the nationality of children within each class.
    • Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 study French for one hour per week from a scheme of work planned by a specialist French teacher.
    • The skills acquired in language lessons during Key Stages 1 and 2 can be transferred and will prepare students for a variety of languages they are likely to encounter at secondary level.



    Throughout the year and key stage, lessons increase in level of challenge, stretch and linguistic and grammatical complexity as pupils move from learning basic vocabulary to more challenging units of language. Activities contain progressively more text (both in English and in French) and lessons have more content as the children become more confident and ambitious with the foreign language they are learning.

    The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and against the 12 DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2 attainment targets is provided at the end of each 6-week teaching unit. This information is recorded and is monitored by the Foreign Language Subject Leader who can use this data to ensure teaching is targeted and appropriate for each pupil, class, and year group as well as to feedback on progress to SLT and stakeholders.

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