‘A doorway into other cultures’ 

 

 

At Fairburn View Primary, we believe that language learning is extremely important. Learning a foreign language allows a greater and broader perspective on those who inhabit the world. At FVP, we offer French lessons to those in Years 3 to 6. We seek to empower our children with an ability to communicate with those who live beyond English-speaking territories. We also serve to provide an insight into another culture with its rich and diverse traditions. 

Pupils in KS1 are made aware of other languages when appropriate (assemblies, Religious Education, topic work etc).  

 

 

Intent: 

  • To deliver a structured MFL curriculum which provides all KS2 pupils with the foundations of French conversational language 
  • To enthuse and prepare pupils for learning MFL in KS3 and KS4 
  • To use the teaching of French to promote acceptance of diversity within society 

 

 

Implementation: 

  • A clear, structured and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum (using the Local Authority’s La Jolie Ronde Scheme of Work). 
  • Following the disruption caused by Covid-19, each year group may not necessarily be taught the age-appropriate scheme of work, but the one best suited to their prior knowledge. 
  • French is taught weekly in each year group. 
  • A range of work is recorded in books (written, pictures, games, photographs). Pupils are made aware of differing grammatical conventions when using the French language. 
  • Regular and engaging teaching of MFL – monitored/observed in lessons/books by subject leader.  
  • There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge throughout the KS2 MFL curriculum. 
  • Pupil Voice assesses attitudes towards the subject. 
  • French occasionally incorporated into assemblies (led by subject leader). 
  • Pupils to study the basic geography of France (where it is etc), and French-speaking countries around the world. 

 

 

Impact: 

  • Children will recognise key French vocabulary and phrases. 
  • Appropriate to what they have been taught, children will be able to hold a conversation in French. 
  • Children will be able to write a limited amount in French, and understand some French grammatical conventions. 
  • Most children will achieve age-related expectations by the end of the year. 
  • Pupils are enthused by lessons, and prepared for the continued study of French at KS3. 
  • EYFS and KS1 are occasionally exposed to a different language, delivered in an accessible way (eg stories in assembly). 
  • Stimulates an awareness of other countries, and French-speaking countries – this demonstrates how language, culture and religion can spread around the world. 

 

 

 

 

National Curriculum aims 

 

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 
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. 

 

Key stage 2: Foreign language 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Year 3  Year 4  Year 5  Year 6 
Half term 1  Know how to greet someone 

Know how to give your name 

Know how to say numbers 0-10 

Understand classroom instructions 

Re-visit colours 

Re-visit numbers 0-12 

Know the vocabulary for different parts of the body, in line with the core text 

Understand adjectives to link to the text ‘Grand Monstre Vert’ 

Know how to ask for the French equivalent of a word in English 

Il y a
State what can be found on the high street and the location of shops and buildings: c’est à gauche, à droite, au coin 
Re-visit classroom routines and commands
Re-visit stating the date
Re-visit weather conditions
Classroom items
Re-visit and extend clothes vocabulary
Adjectives to describe clothes – super, joli, moche, laid 
Half term 2  Know how to name and age 

Know there are different forms of address 

Learn key verb avoir and know how to use it in a sentence 

Re-visit numbers in understanding and stating age 

Know how to say the names of the zoo animals in the core text 

Understand adjectives in the core text. 

Re-visit days of the week
Time of day: lundi matin à dix heures
Adjectives to describe the high street at different times
Re-visit quantifiers: assez, un peu, très
Through short story and related writing task, re-visit vocabulary relating to: likes and dislikes, stalling strategies, directions, parts of the body, hobbies 
Re-visit family members
Re-visit adjectives to describe family members: sympa, intelligent, amusant, sportif, beau
Re-visit quantifiers: très, assez
Traditional tale: Le Petit Chaperon Rouge
Occupations: Il est vendeur 
Half term 3  Know how to say the names of colours in French 

Re-visit grapheme – oi eu through a rhyme and know how to pronounce them 

 

Know the names of family members – asking and answering questions about family members 

Know how to use third person to give information about family members 

State someone’s age using third person and the correct form of avoir. 

Re-visit days of the week
Re-visit leisure activities and extend with: jouer au, faire du/de la
Recap numbers 0-20, Introduce 30 – 50
Introduce comparatives with adjectives:
plus…. Que  
Re-visit: il y a
House and home: rooms of the house
Re-visit preposition: dans
Re-visit stating where you live: J’habite à
Wakefield.
French alphabet
Adjectives to describe ideal home
Prepositions: en bas, en haut 
Half term 4  Re-visit colours and the plural of the verb être 

Know the names of fruit and other food items 

Explore healthy eating choices when describing foods that are good/bad for health 

Re-visit numbers 1-10; extend to 12 

Re-visit graphemes oi/eu 

Follow and understand the text: ‘Le radis géant’ 

Know how to say the names of common pets 

 

Revision and extension of food item vocabulary, appreciating cultural differences in eating habits 

Re-visit opinions vocabulary
Re-visit stalling strategies
Re-visit conjunctions: et, mais, aussi 

Re-visit vocabulary
relating to house and home
Re-visit prepositions: sur, sous Appreciation of French literature: Liberté by the poet Paul Eluard 

Re-visit French alphabet 

Half term 5  Re-visit numbers 0-12 and recall rapidly 

Re-visit food items and recall easily 

Re-visit grapheme oi 

Re-visit pronunciation rule of not pronouncing final consonant 

Know how to say different leisure activities 

Know how to state likes/dislikes in relation to hobbies 

Know how to use two conjunctions – et, mais 

Know how to say numbers to 30 

Introduction to French literature:
Déjeuner du Matin, by Jacques Prévert
Prepositions: dans, sur, sous, sans, avec
Re-visit days of the week, months of the year, numbers 0-31, Date, Weather expressions, Seasons
Adverbs: normalement, en general, quelquefois 
Understand where French is spoken in the world
Extended project: Plan a holiday to a French speaking country
Re-visit days, months, dates
Accommodation: un hôtel, un appartement, un gîte, un camping
Re-visit preposition: dans
Means of transport: en avion, en bateau, en train, en voiture 
Half term 6  Know how to say the days of the week 

Know how to say the months of the year 

Re-visit leisure activities and opinions 

Know the names of different means of transport 

Know how to say the points of the compass 

Re-visit months of the year 

Know the names of items of clothing 

Re-visit points of the compass
State where you live: J’habite à…… en Angleterre
Compare objects and products which represent our culture with those of another country
Understand stereotyping Quiz to recap learning throughout the year 
Extended project: Plan a holiday to a French speaking country 

Adverbials: d’abord, plus tard 

Places of interest: le musée, le château etc 

Re-visit conjunctions: et, aussi 

Present information about an aspect of culture of the country studied during the project 

Quiz to recap learning in Y6 and KS2 

Year 3  Content   Grammar   Expectation – speaking and
listening 
Expectation – reading and
writing 
Half term 1  Know how to greet someone 

Know how to give your name 

Know how to say numbers 0-10 

Understand classroom instructions 

Introduction to the concept of gender – begin to understand that nouns in French have a gender  Imitate pronunciation 

Respond with a single word or short phrase 

Pronounce grapheme – oi, eu  

Write short introductory sentence, stating your name. 
Half term 2  Know how to name and age 

Know there are different forms of address 

Learn key verb avoir and know how to use it in a sentence 

Re-visit numbers in understanding and stating age 

Introduction to key verb avoir used with age:  J’ai sept ans. 

J’ai – I have 

Tu as – You have 

Recite a short rhyme with accurate pronunciation 

 

Present a short dialogue with greeting, asking and answering name and age. 

Record short dialogue in writing following a model. 
Half term 3  Know how to say the names of colours in French 

Re-visit grapheme – oi eu through a rhyme and know how to pronounce them 

 

Introduction to key verb être 

Elmer est – Elmer is 

Les éléphants sont  – Elephants are 

 

 

Ask and answer a question to state favourite colour.    Record short sentences describing an animal, using the verb être. 

 

Use a range of adjectives to give the description, with correct punctuation. 

Half term 4  Re-visit colours and the plural of the verb être 

Know the names of fruit and other food items 

Explore healthy eating choices when describing foods that are good/bad for health 

Re-visit numbers 1-10 though a French song; extend to 12 

Re-visit graphemes oi and eu 

Re-visit the concept of gender linked to food items: 

Le – masculine 

La – feminine 

Les – plural 

Know that nouns have a gender 

Know how to form the plural of nouns 

Recognise the use of the determiner in French:  J’aime le chocolat’. 

Le chocolat, c’est bon pour la santé? 

Apply knowledge of  the grapheme – oi  eu when reading new vocabulary 

Know that the final consonant is rarely pronounced in French 

Record short phrases, stating which foods are good or bad for health, using the correct determiner and correct form of the verb être 
Half term 5  Re-visit numbers 0-12 and recall rapidly 

Re-visit food items and recall easily 

Re-visit grapheme oi 

Re-visit pronunciation rule of not pronouncing final consonant 

Re-visit use of the determiner and gender 

Know that the determiner is used in French when not used in English. 

 

Use accurate pronunciation when reading a rap containing practised sounds and the grapheme oi  Join in reading repeated phrases from a story book 
Half term 6  Know how to say the days of the week 

Know how to say the months of the year 

  Know how to pronounce the letter i  

 

Re-read, understand and be able to place in the correct order jumbled up sentences from the story book 

 

Year 4  Content   Grammar   Expectation – speaking and
listening 
Expectation – reading and writing 
Half term 1  Re-visit colours 

Re-visit numbers 0-12 

Know the vocabulary for different parts of the body, in line with the core text 

 

Understand adjectives to link to the text ‘Grand Monstre Vert’ 

 

Know how to ask for the French equivalent of a word in English 

 

Re-visit the concept of gender, recognising masculine and feminine nouns 

 

Introduction to adjectives, position and agreement 

 

Re-visit high frequency verbs avoir and être 

Listen for specific words and phrases, recognising previously learned vocabulary in a new context  Write complete sentences on a theme following a model:  

 

Le monstre a cinq jambes et deux yeux bleus. 

 

Le monstre a un petit nez vert. 

 

Le monstre est très grand. 

Half term 2  Know  how to say the names of the zoo animals in the core text 

 

Understand adjectives in the core text. 

Re-visit gender and agreement of adjectives when describing zoo animals. Understand that adjectives change position.  Begin to understand adjectival agreement. 

Introduction to third person pronoun: il , elle; Recognise the meaning of il / elle 

Re-visit verb être 

Use quantifiers: assez, très 

Know how to pronounce 6 vowel sounds through the introduction of vocabulary and through songs 

 

 

Recognise masculine and feminine adjectives in sentences. 

Read short sentences with accurate pronunciation  

Write short sentences using adjectives correctly. 

Half term 3  Know the names of family members  – asking and answering questions about family members 

 

Know how to use third person to give information about family members 

 

State someone’s age using third person and the correct form of avoir. 

Re-visit gender and determiners 

 

Understand how gender affects other words in a sentence – introduce possessive pronoun: mon, ma 

 

Use first and third person of verb avoir and re-visit third person pronouns: il, elle 

 

Introduction to negative sentences: Je n’ai pas de 

Pronounce ou, in and understand the key rule of not pronouncing final consonant 

 

Form questions to ask about family members. 

 

Participate in a role play, introducing family members and stating names and ages  

 

Write the scene from an airport role play with correct possessive pronoun and correct verb. 

 

Voici mon frère – il s’appelle Luc et il a 10 ans.  

Half term 4  Follow and understand the text: ‘Le radis géant’ 

 

Know how to say the names of common pets 

 

Re-visit verb avoir 

 

Use first person of avoir to form positive and negative sentences 

 

Re-visit plural nouns and introduction to irregular plurals – oiseaux, souris 

Confidently pronounce graphemes: ou, in, oi, eau 

 

Recognise and order the lyrics of a traditional song 

 

Follow a traditional tale, joining in with repeated phrases 

 

Ask and answer questions relating to family members and pets  

 

Write sentences using familiar verbs to introduce members of a block of flats, stating name, age, family members, pets.   
Half term 5  Know how to say different leisure activities 

 

Know how to state likes/dislikes in relation to hobbies 

 

Know how to use two conjunctions – et, mais 

 

Know how to say numbers to 30 

Use an opinion in front of an infinitive verb 

 

Re-visit positive and negative verb form j’ai je n’ai pas and relate to 

J’aime / je n’aime pas  

State simple sentences (positive and negative) joining clauses with a conjunction to provide information about hobbies  Write sentences to describe hobbies as part of a classroom display, using positive and negative verb forms. 
Half term 6  Re-visit leisure activities and opinions 

 

Know the names of different means of transport 

 

Know how to say the points of the compass 

 

Re-visit months of the year 

 

Know the names of items of clothing 

Basic adverbial at start of sentence: Normalement, 

 

Re-visit quantifiers: un peu, très, assez 

 

Re-visit colours and position of adjectives: un short rouge 

 

 

 

 

Participate in a survey about leisure activities, answering in a complete sentence, using known language in a new context. 

 

Pronounce graphemes on and eau accurately 

 

Present information about the climate in France, re-using previously learned vocabulary: En juillet il fait très chaud 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deduce meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary  

 

Write accurate sentences to describe the climate in France, linking clauses with conjunctions. 

 

 

Year 5  Content   Grammar   Expectation – speaking and listening  Expectation – reading and writing 
Half term 1  Il y a
State what can be found on the high street and the location of shops and buildings: c’est à gauche, à droite, au coin 
Re-visit the position and agreement of adjectives, knowing that petit and grand are placed in front of the noun
Re-visit formation of negative sentences with ne…..pas on either side of verb 
Pronunciation of grapheme ch, an, é, in
Give two sentences describing what can be found on the high street, using adjectives in the correct position
Understand the use of stalling strategies / fillers in French during conversations and use them during a short conversation
Use correct intonation when asking questions 
Read and order a conversation asking for
directions 
Half term 2  Re-visit days of the week
Time of day: lundi matin à dix heures
Adjectives to describe the high street at different times
Re-visit quantifiers: assez, un peu, très
Through short story and related writing task, re-visit vocabulary relating to: likes and dislikes, stalling strategies, directions, parts of the body, hobbies 
Re-visit agreement of adjectives
Re-visit expressing an opinion in front of an infinitive verb: Je déteste faire du shopping
Re-visit use of determiner: J’adore le football 
Pronunciation re-cap of graphemes oi and in  Demonstrate understanding of a short story with familiar and unfamiliar vocab using
context to deduce meaning
Match extracts of a story to the correct image
Write a short paragraph to describe a character from a story: name, age, family members, hobbies and opinions 
Half term 3  Re-visit days of the week
Re-visit leisure activities and extend with: jouer au, faire du/de la
Recap numbers 0-20, Introduce 30 – 50
Introduce comparatives with adjectives:
plus…. Que 

 

 

Recap expressing an opinion in front of an infinitive verb: J’aime jouer au tennis 

Introduction of immediate future tense in first and second person:
Qu’est-ce que tu vas faire?
je vais + infinitive 

Pronounce grapheme:
on
Say a sentence in the immediate future tense in response to a question 
Write a ‘keep fit’ plan using immediate future tense and verbs in the infinitive:
Lundi – je vais nager: 30 minutes
Write comparative sentences as part of a
display on health and fitness following a model 

 

Year 5  Content   Grammar   Expectation – speaking and listening  Expectation – reading and writing 
Half term 4  Revision and extension of food item vocabulary, appreciating cultural differences in eating habits  

Re-visit opinions vocabulary
Re-visit stalling strategies
Re-visit conjunctions: et, mais, aussi 

Choose the correct word order when writing sentences about likes and dislikes
Re-visit formation of negative sentences
Modal verb: vouloir when offering and accepting food
Tu veux?
Je voudrais 
Pronounce grapheme an
Sustain a short conversation describing likes and dislikes in relation to food items with correct pronunciation and intonation, following a model
Demonstrate understanding from a recording identifying likes/dislikes and food items
Use appropriate form of vouloir when offering and accepting food 
Complete the gaps in a transcript of a recording as part of a dictation exercise
Write dictated sentences containing familiar
vocabulary accurately:
J’aime le fromage et j’aime aussi le jambon
Produce a powerpoint presentation writing in sentences to provide information about self /likes / dislikes 
Half term 5  Introduction to French literature:
Déjeuner du Matin, by Jacques Prévert
Prepositions: dans, sur, sous, sans, avec
Re-visit days of the week, months of the year, numbers 0-31, Date, Weather expressions, Seasons
Adverbs: normalement, en general, quelquefois 
Extend basic sentences with the use of adverbs using correct punctuation  Pronounce grapheme eau
Recognise dates on an audio recording at near normal speed
Deliver a short weather report using a model to substitute date, city, weather condition, temperature 
Recognise familiar vocabulary within a poem
Recognise verbs within an extract of the poem
Déjeuner du Matin
Apply knowledge of pronunciation rules and use place names and weather conditions to produce a short rhyming poem: A Marseilles il y a du soleil
Write sentences to describe the climate in England in different seasons 
Half term 6  Re-visit points of the compass
State where you live: J’habite à…… en Angleterre
Compare objects and products which
represent our culture with those of
another country
Understand stereotyping 

Quiz to recap learning throughout the year 

à + city
en + country (feminine)
au + country
(masculine) 
State where you live and where this is in the UK  Read an extended weather report using skimming and scanning techniques to answer
comprehension questions
Re-arrange sentences to form a coherent paragraph 
Year 6  Content   Grammar   Expectation – speaking and
listening 
Expectation – reading and writing 
Half term 1  Re-visit classroom routines and commands
Re-visit stating the date
Re-visit weather conditions
Classroom items
Re-visit and extend clothes vocabulary
Adjectives to describe clothes – super, joli, moche, laid 
Re-visit and extend explanation of
negative sentences with high frequency
verb avoir: j’ai / je n’ai pas de
As-tu….?
Re-visit indefinite determiner: un and une and the plural des (some)
Re-visit position and agreement of
adjectives
Re-visit use of the determiner: J’aime le bleu 
Pronunciation of grapheme eau, an, au, th
Use correct intonation when asking a question
Perform a classroom role play as part of a group, speaking in complete sentences where appropriate 
Read and deduce meaning from a non-fiction text relating to a healthy breakfast; use a bilingual
dictionary as appropriate
Write a short paragraph stating
name, age, describing and giving opinion of school uniform, adapting a model 
Half term 2  Re-visit family members
Re-visit adjectives to describe family members: sympa, intelligent, amusant, sportif, beau
Re-visit quantifiers: très, assez
Traditional tale: Le Petit Chaperon Rouge
Occupations: Il est vendeur 
Re-visit describing someone using third
person verbs: il / elle s’appelle
Re-visit third person of high frequency verbs:
Avoir – il a, elle a
Etre – il est, elle est
Re-visit agreement of adjectives
Understand that the determiner is not used when describing occupations: il est vendeur 
Listen to and follow a traditional, well-known tale, identifying key
information from the audio recording
Order the lyrics of a song as it is played 

Identify family members and occupations from an audio recording 

Read a letter in French and answer true/false statements in French, relating to the content
Use knowledge of English to deduce meaning of unfamiliar
vocabulary
Use a bilingual dictionary to write
statements about the members of an imaginary family and their occupations 
Half term 3  Re-visit: il y a
House and home: rooms of the house
Re-visit preposition: dans
Re-visit stating where you live: J’habite à
Wakefield.
French alphabet
Adjectives to describe ideal home
Prepositions: en bas, en haut 
Re-visit position and agreement of
adjectives 
Pronounce grapheme: on, an, é,
è
Order statements as a recording is played
Follow a recording at near normal speed matching nouns to adjectives 
Write a description of an ideal home: Dans ma maison idéale il y a une grande cuisine, un joli jardin et une salle de bains de luxe. En haut il y a aussi…..
Identify different text types from authentic French written extracts: letter, recipe, weather report, joke
etc. 
Year 6  Content   Grammar   Expectation – speaking and
listening 
Expectation – reading and writing 
Half term 4  Re-visit vocabulary
relating to house and home
Re-visit prepositions: sur, sous 

Appreciation of French 

literature: Liberté by the poet Paul Eluard 

Re-visit French alphabet 

Re-visit gender and how the
abbreviations indicate nouns and their gender in a bilingual dictionary 
Prepare and record a short radio advert for a rented property, attempting good intonation and
accurate pronunciation 

Sustain a conversation, re visiting familiar themes: name, age, family, favourite colour, house using stalling strategies and 

correct intonation when asking 

questions 

Identify key information from an
advert for a house available to rent
Use a bilingual dictionary judiciously to support 

understanding of a poem 

Identify features of a poem and the author’s intent 

Write an additional verse to the poem, making use of a bilingual dictionary 

Half term 5  Understand where French is spoken in the world
Extended project: Plan a holiday to a French speaking country
Re-visit days, months, dates
Accommodation: un hôtel, un appartement, un gîte, un camping
Re-visit preposition: dans
Means of transport: en avion, en bateau, en train, en voiture 
Re-visit immediate future tense – aller + infinitive – on va aller; on va partir; on va rester ; on va prendre    Draft holiday plans in written form: On va aller au Maroc. On va partir le samedi 27 juillet pour une semaine.
On va aller en avion; on va prendre l’avion de Manchester à 10h 55
Write a short letter to book holiday accommodation, adapting a model 
Half term 6  Extended project continued: Plan a holiday to a French speaking country
Adverbials: d’abord, plus tard
Places of interest: le musée, le château etc
Re-visit conjunctions: et, aussi
Present information about an aspect of culture of the country
studied during the project
Quiz to recap learning in Year 6 and revision activities to recall
learning across the key stage 
Re-visit immediate future tense – aller + infinitive – in third person:
On va visiter
On va regarder
Re-visit gender and its importance when learning nouns 
  Adapt a programme of activities as part of a holiday plan: Lundi, on va visiter le château et plus tard on va visiter la plage.