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Modern Foreign Language (French)


At Gretton, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. They develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. Pupils develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how languages work and explore differences and similarities between other languages and English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension for pupils, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.

During their time at Gretton, we will give children opportunities 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


MFL is taught in each class throughout the year. Learning is of a cyclical nature, constantly building up the children’s skills by revisiting and rehearsing what they have learnt previously,

Curriculum Progression


Year A

Getting to know you (T. Y3)

Say hello and goodbye;

Introduce themselves;

Say if they are feeling good/bad/so-so;

Count to 10;

Say how old they are.

Food Glorious Food (T. Y3)

Follow a story and join in the repeated parts; Say what foods from a set they like/dislike; Describe the colour or size of an object;

 Ask politely for something

On the move  (T Y4)

Name some types of transport; Use Je… and Tu… correctly in a simple sentence; Respond to simple instructions for direction and movement; Follow simple directions to find a place on a map

Going shopping  (T Y4)

Listen and respond to topic vocabulary. Answer questions using the topic vocabulary. Take part in role play as a shopper/ shopkeeper, speaking in French.

Greet and respond.


Where in the World? (T Y4)

Listen and respond to topic vocabulary; Answer questions orally using the topic vocabulary; Write an answer in a sentence using the topic vocabulary; Use an English/French dictionary to translate from English to French


Time  (T Y3)

Say and order the days of the week;

Say and order the months of the year; Count on from 11-31; Say their own birthday. Ask and answer questions about dates; Use simple past and present tenses.


Year B

All about me (TY3)

Give and respond to simple classroom instructions appropriately;

Name parts of the body from a song; Identify colours;

Name items of clothing;

Family and Friends (T Y3)

Identify and introduce some of their relations;

Name some common pets;

 Recognise some rooms in their home;

Our School (T Y3)

Listen and respond to topic vocabulary; Demonstrate understanding with actions;

Write sentences converting le/la to un/une;


All around town (T Y4)

Name some of the major cities of France; Identify and say typical amenities to be found in French towns; Say and order multiples of ten; Ask and give a simple address in French;

Holidays and hobbies (T Y4)

Listen and respond to topic vocabulary; Answer questions orally using the topic vocabulary; Write an answer in a sentence using the topic vocabulary; Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.


What’s the time? (T Y4)

Say and write a sentence to tell the time (o’clock);

Count in fives to at least 30;

Understand and use the terms avant and après;

Answer questions about a TV schedule


Year A

Revise routines, colours, days of week, months of year, birthday/age, numbers - 51. Places/buildings in a town. Structures: J’ai, il/elle, as

Ask/give directions, times of day, tell time.

Christmas: Learn a French carol

Structures: Questions, J’ai, il/elle


Numbers – 71, hobbies, sports, opinions

Structures: Structures: like, love, hate, prefer

Revise fruit, food items, English/French eating habits,

breakfast. Easter: Similarities and differences. Structures: you (tu), regular tense verbs


Ingredients for desert or smoothie, where you live; points of compass,

Structures: preferences, J’ai, il/elle, verbs, you (tu).

Weather, seasons, countries

Structures: All covered


Year B

Revise classroom routines / objects, colours, age, days of week & months of year birthday, instructions, animals. Structures: J’ai, il/elle, has, questions

Planets, clothing, opinions Christmas: presents

Structures: like, love, hate, prefer, questions, negatives


Homes/rooms, furniture

Structures: connectives, preferences

Places/countries around the world, large numbers.

Easter: Marking the occasion

Structures: questions, you (tu), regular tense verbs

Sport & fitness, transport

Structures: preferences, regular tense verbs, you (tu).

Family members, occupations

Structures: All covered



Through the high quality first teaching of French taking place we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:

  • Children will become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • Children will develop their language and communication through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the French culture.
  • Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills