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French Intent Statement


At Clayton St John Primary School, we teach the French curriculum as part of the Modern foreign language in KS2. The curriculum followed is based on the guidance given in the revised National Curriculum.

In Early Years, children develop language through listening and responding with their own ideas. Children are introduced to new vocabulary throughout their curriculum through stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems. Building an understanding of English language at a young age supports children’s understand of new Languages. Children in Early Years and KS1 are made aware of other languages and are encouraged to use them, for example, answering the register and greeting staff and peers in French.

Pupils in KS2 learn French. The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all pupils. Pupils develop communication skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between a foreign language and English. Learning another language raises awareness of our multicultural world, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language provides an opportunity for cross-curricular links, reinforcing understanding of other subjects.


The aims and objectives of learning a modern foreign language in primary school are:

  • To foster an interest in learning other languages
  • To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun;
  • To make young children aware that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another;
  • To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries;
  • To develop their speaking and listening skills;
  • To lay the foundations for future study.


The children are taught to know and understand how to:

  • Ask and answer questions;
  • Use correct pronunciation and intonation;
  • Memorise words;
  • Recognise and apply key French vocabulary verbally
  • Interpret meaning;
  • Understand basic grammar;
  • Use dictionaries;
  • Write words/phrase/sentences in French
  • Work in pairs and groups, and communicate in French;
  • Look at life in another culture.
  • MFL will involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts.

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