At SS. Mary and John’s, the provision of MFL teaching and learning fully meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils in Key Stage Two will have access to developing their skills in the core areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the foreign language, developing their competencies and abilities across the three pillars of progression: vocabulary, phonics and grammar.

We use carefully-selected units from Language Angels, a highly-effective scheme of work that draws upon quality resources for the teaching and learning of purposeful, communicative French language: The content of our curriculum is designed in such a way that phonics, vocabulary and grammatical concepts are re-visited within and across year groups, and extended upon in terms of complexity, so that the curriculum provides a progressive and coherent learning journey. Our curriculum ensures that our children are provided with a complete language learning experience in which they are able to listen to native speakers, as well as their teacher, as models for their pronunciation. In all lessons, pupils will actively engage and participate with the lesson content and learning experiences. Staff are confident and competent in their teaching of the knowledge and skills required for the children to make sustained progress in French, including phonics, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and cultural learning.

Weekly French lessons of 1 hour are delivered in all classes across Key Stage 2. This protected weekly time dedicated to language learning ensures that children have a regular opportunity to ‘interrupt the forgetting’ of new language and to build progressively on the skills they are learning.

All curriculum content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be outlined in long-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements.