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Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in French, through regular taught lessons across KS2. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around everyday topics. All of these approaches help to equip our children with the skills to be confident global citizens, willing to communicate effectively in this diverse international world.

They will develop an understanding and respect for other cultures and ways of life and develop an interest to learn other languages.

Aims and Objectives

At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Foreign Language teaching ensures that all children have the opportunity to:

  • 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;
  • write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt; and
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studies.
Children will Learn 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; and
  • 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.