Bishopstone Church Of England Primary School

MFL - French

By learning another language we seek to open the door for our pupils in the wider world. We want to engage a sharing of their knowledge from visits and holidays and enthuse their curiosity by exploring the French language.  In turn this leads to impact on other areas of the school curriculum, from singing in French in St Mary's church through to creating story books written in the french language.  It allows us to spark a respect for cultures in different countries, broadening the boundaries of their world.  

Children at Bishopstone have been learning french from EYFS, allowing them to understand that language has a structure and to begin to see similarities and differences between languages. These lessons were delivered by Mrs. Anley, a specialist linguistic part time teacher.  Sadly Mrs Anley left in July 2020, so we will now be delivering languages utilising the skills we have within staff in school.  After discussion with Swindon schools we are adopting the French Scheme 'Salut' from CGP.  This will be gradually implemented over the Summer term (2021) before being embedded again from September 2021.


At Bishopstone CE Primary, it is our intent that children develop a love for learning French through lessons that are enjoyable, supportive and stimulating. 

We aim for all our children to develop the confidence to be able to actively participate in language lessons, to never be afraid of trying or of ‘getting it wrong’.

We want our children to be able to apply their knowledge of French in practical situations and to experience the satisfaction of knowing they can make themselves understood in a foreign language.

We also aim to foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of countries other than the UK; we see this as particularly important in the post-Brexit era.


French is introduced in Key Stage 1 through basic vocabulary discussed in the classroom.  This could be using French greetings to answer the register, collective simple counting and using simple classroom instructions to address the class.

In weekly French lessons in Key Stage 2, we follow the CGP Salut! scheme of work. This ensures that our MFL curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and progressively develops key skills in French as children move up the school. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through a range of interactive activities, such as conversational work, role play, singing, games and stories. These practical approaches are to help improve memory and recall.

As confidence and ability grows, children record their work in French books that move up the school with them, through pictures, phrases and sentences. Strategies to support written work include key vocabulary displayed around the classroom, regular use of flashcards and word mats available on tables.

Assessment criteria is used, in line with National Curriculum requirements, to enable teachers to assess the progress of children in their language learning. The focus is on verbal feedback within the lessons.

Teachers monitor the quality and impact of the French curriculum through team planning and teaching, book looks and staff discussions. In addition, pupil voice is considered to assess the impact on learning and to ensure children feel positive about languages.

As a school, we are always open to having native French speakers come in to visit, participate in or lead aspects of lessons, as we fully understand the motivational benefit of this to our children.


At BIshopstone CE Primary, we have high expectations of the teaching and learning of French.  Children are supported and challenged as appropriate to meet age-related expectations across Key Stage 2.

The further impact of our French curriculum is that our children leave our school understanding the importance of learning a foreign language and how this can benefit them in the future. They are positive about learning a foreign language at secondary school. They have experienced success in language learning and have developed the key basic skills, confidence and motivation to enable them to further build on their knowledge of French or learn a new foreign language from scratch. 


Pupils should be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*

  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are

    reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*

  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*

  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing

  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language

  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing

  •  understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

The starred (*) content above will not be applicable to ancient languages.