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 learn french from EYFS, allowing them to understand that language has a structure and to begin to see similarities and differences between languages. They currently receive French lessons weekly, on a Monday afternoon.  These are delivered by Mrs. Anley, a specialist linguistic part time teacher: 

Year 3/4 at 1pm

Year 5/6 at 1:45pm

Reception/Year 1/Year 2 at 2:15pm 



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

  • 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. 

 A fun website is through bbc schools