Modern Foreign Languages (French)

  • Mrs Beale

    French Leader

French Carnival Day
On Friday 15th June Mrs. Beale and Miss. Allonby took some children from years 3-6 to Moyles Court School in Ringwood for a French carnival day. We had am amazing day, making masks, learning a French song and learning a routine for our procession dance around the school. We learnt about French carnivals and also how to make Palmiers which are French pastries. Then we ate them!
French Day at St.Catherines.
On 20th June 2017 children in years 3-6 had a fun and interesting day when we held a French day in school. The children all dressed up in clothes that included the colours of the French flag and a French market was set up in the hall with the help of Mrs. Beale's and Mrs. Dare's classes.
We invited a modern foreign languages teacher from Moyles Court school in and some of the children. They all helped to run the market. There was a variety of French style food and drink to purchase with Euros and the children were encouraged to ask for the food in French. With French music playing in the background we were almost transported to Paris!
In the classrooms the children carried out activities to widen their knowledge of France and to encourage them to practice communicating in French. Mrs. Kernick taught the children some french songs and the children in year 3 played Boules. Tres bien!


Autumn 2019


As the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. As part of a new primary National Curriculum, taken effect from September 2014, learning French has become a requirement for children within KS2. The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our children. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained contribute to the development of children’s oracy and Literacy and to their understanding of their own culture, identity and community and those of others.

Aims and objectives

Our aims of teaching French are for children to:

  • Work in pairs and groups, and communicate in French
  • Look at life in another culture
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Foster an interest in learning another language.
  • Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about languages.
  • Become aware that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another.
  • Develop speaking and listening skills.
  • Explore and apply strategies to improve their learning.
  • Strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in Francophone countries and comparing it with their own culture.

Teaching and Learning Overview

Teaching is in line with the recommendations of the National Curriculum, with modifications in place which allow for the individual and differentiated needs of the children. It takes full account of the different experiences, strengths and interests of the children whilst also complying with the requirements and guidance on inclusion

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
  • Develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


French is taught in a whole-class setting, by the class teacher. Teachers plan using The Light Bulb languages scheme of work for French. The lessons are designed to motivate children from the first moment and are mainly practical in focus. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.

Each class has a timetabled lesson of at least thirty minutes per week. French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained. French lessons provide a variety of sources to model the language, use games and songs to maximize enjoyment and make as many connections to real life situations as possible. Lessons focus on speaking and listening. However, when appropriate, children record written work informally which is passed through the years as a portfolio of their learning.

There is an after school French  club called Le Club Francais. Mrs Sam Wilkes runs the club on a Thursday.

Below is an outline of the coverage within KS2.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2





Year 3

Greetings and names

Numbers 0-12


Revise numbers 0-12

My age

The farmers in his den. (masculine and feminine nouns)

Numbers 11-20

Favourite playground games.

Look at me.

Happy Birthday

Come to my party

Party games

Body parts



Year 4

On the way to school

Where in the world is French spoken?

On our travels


L’argent de poche (Christmas presents)


Toy advert


Revise numbers0-20

Numbers 21-30

C’est combien?


Grandmere Denise

Our sporting lives

Diary of activities

Healthy eating

The four friends (animals and verbs)

Meet the animals

Animal sounds, habitats, descriptions.

Year 5

Places in locality

Journey to school




Lunch time

Food likes/dislikes



Compound sentences

Prepare a presentation

Months and seasons



Seasonal colours

Conscience alley (seasonal descriptions)

Scene de plage (description of a scene using colour words)

Bringing a picture to life

Writing a description


Year 6

What’s the time?

French schools

Places in our school


School times and subjects

School timetable

Places in town

That’s a date…numbers 70-100

Then and now…your town past and present

Then and now…understanding a story

Find the difference…adjectives and antonyms

A guide for tourists

Café conundrum

Café song

Regional food

Ice cream

Monter un cafe



There are a range of resources to support the teaching of French across the school; Children have access to the Internet in their classroom and in the ICT suite. The Light bulb Languages scheme is an online scheme which we are all currently trialing. Fiction and non-fiction books, along with a song book with accompanying CD, and French dictionaries  are kept in the medical area, next to the science resources, as a central library accessible to all. There are dictionaries for year 5 and 6 in the year six classroom.


Assessment and record keeping

Informal formative assessment of progress will be made by the class teacher during lessons through questioning and oral feedback. Assessment sheets are used at the beginning and end of the school year for each class, stating what all, most or some can do. These will be passed on to the next teacher. The Subject Leader monitors the effectiveness of the procedures implemented.



Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring of the standards of children’s work and the quality of teaching in MFL is the responsibility of the subject leader, supported by the Head teacher and colleagues.  


Policy written: Autumn 2015

Reviewed: Autumn 2019