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MFL Curriculum Intent

Connecting with learning

At Radcliffe on Trent Juniors we recognise the importance of children learning a language in today’s multicultural society.  We look to build children’s confidence, communication and creative skills through the exploration of another language. Children progress from listening and responding in oral form to reading and writing French with the complexity increasing according to age and ability.  Using metacognition learning strategies, children regularly revisit vocabulary, questions and conversations.  Learning is differentiated to suit all abilities and made engaging and memorable through the use of games, songs and real-life scenarios.


Connecting with our community

Through learning a language, children are encouraged to develop an interest in all languages, and encouraged to celebrate their own and the language heritage of their peers.  As our school expands we are embracing the number of EAL learners and celebrate the variety of languages and skills they contribute to our school.  French is the core language taught at our linked Secondary School, South Nottinghamshire Academy, so children transfer to KS3 well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.  We also promote languages, with extra-curricular clubs run by experience language specialists.


Connecting with others

Through learning another language, children are provided with a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to develop their awareness of cultural differences.  With French being spoken in 29 countries across multiple continents, children are taught about and inspired by a variety of places, traditions and festivals.  Applying our school value of ‘Be Understanding and Respect Others’ the children learn the similarities and differences of their own experiences compared to others. 


Modern Foreign Language



Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Speaking and Listening

speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures


understand familiar vocabulary and common phrases

Participate in short exchanges (questions and responses)


Imitate pronunciation of sounds, including intonation patterns


Participate in singing French songs


Recite French poetry from memory


Ask and answer greater variety of questions


Recite a short text with accurate pronunciation


Participate in more complex conversations (directions)


Express simple opinions (likes/dislikes)


Initiate and sustain conversations


Perform a short sketch in French


Present oral work with confidence and good pronunciation



develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases

Recognise how sounds are presented in written form


Match sounds to written words through visual clues


Participate in reading of short stories


Follow short stories using visual clues


Identify adjectives, nouns and verbs in a French text


Read words aloud with some accuracy


Begin to use a bilingual dictionary to aid understanding


Read words aloud with accuracy of pronunciation


Add expression and authenticity to dialogue


Use a bilingual dictionary to decipher word meaning

Read words aloud with accuracy of pronunciation


Identify prepositions in a French text


Understand the main points and opinions expressed in short written texts


Read authentic texts for enjoyment/information




Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

Write or copy simple words and symbols correctly


Recognise links between some sounds and spellings (oi, eu)


Select appropriate words to complete short phrases or sentences


Write greater variety of words and symbols correctly from memory


Write simple sentences accurately


Select appropriate suffix to convert between singular and plural


Manipulate language by changing elements within a sentence



Write and deliver a short presentation on local area


Write a simple weather report

Recognise and write appropriate spelling of nouns regarding gender


Construct short paragraphs by adapting model


Write a short letter to book accommodation


Sticky Knowledge

knowledge to be carried through year groups to enable progression

Understand a few familiar spoken words and phrases:

  • numbers (0 – 10)
  • greetings
  • simple questions
  • question responses
  • colours
  • days and months
  • fruits


Understand a few familiar spoken words and phrases:

  • numbers (11 – 20)
  • parts of the body
  • animals
  • family members
  • clothing
  • opinions phrases


Understand a greater quantity of spoken words and phrases:

  • high street buildings
  • directions
  • dates and times
  • foods
  • weather
  • seasons
  • location


Understand a greater quantity of spoken words and phrases:

  • classroom objects
  • classroom instructions
  • occupations
  • transport
  • accommodation
  • common adjectives

the alphabet