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French (MFL)

Curriculum Intent (Vision)


At Manor Field Junior School we strive for all children to develop a positive attitude towards other languages and cultures. We aim to encourage and stimulate curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world and people around them. Though practical and engaging lessons, we promote and develop the skills of understanding and responding through, speaking and writing. We aim, for children to have the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to aspire for additional language study and contribute in our diverse society. 

Implementation of the curriculum

We believe children learn best though relatable and purposeful contexts, therefore we follow a scheme of work, which is in line of the National Curriculum, which progresses each year. French is taught alternate half-terms with retrieval practice implemented throughout the terms.  Children are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills through song, rhymes stories and other resources. In year three, children are given a French exercise book which is used throughout their time at Manor Field, this is to encourage pupils to refer back to prior learning.

As Manor Field linguists, we aim for children to:

  • Appreciate and value others language and cultures;
  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by responding orally or through written means;
  • Engage in basic conversation; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others;
  • Broaden their vocabulary by noticing patterns and similarities with the English language.

Impact of our curriculum

Supported by our broad and balanced curriculum, Manor Field children are developing their understanding and appreciation of a different language. We aspire that children are equipped with the basic skills to communicate, though conversation, reading or writing of French. We aim to ensure that the knowledge taught, is retained by the children, and continually revisited and that the learners are able to apply the skills they have been taught to a variety of different settings, showing independence with their learning. As a school we aspire for all children to succeed in every lesson, therefore additional resources are given to enable everyone to engage, participate and learn. We also, pride ourselves on further stretching and challenging our pupils by making links to previous learning.

French Curriculum Overview