Subject leader

Mr Mitton is responsible for French. This means ensuring there is an ambitious curriculum set, supporting teachers to implement it through high-quality lessons and checking that everything is helping children to know more, remember more and do more.

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Purpose of Study

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

Oakfield's Approach


We are setting out to help our pupils be ...


We will do this by ensuring ...


We will have made a difference when ...

Progression on a Page ... 

We are in the process of developing our Languages curriculum and so some elements are not ready to share, yet! 

Here is an overview of what we expect children to be taught, know and do by the end of each year group.

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Throughout their time in our school, pupils will also be introduced to French phonetics and pronunciation lessons, which are designed to help them master the sounds of the French language and to improve their listening and speaking skills. By the time they leave our school, pupils will have developed a love of French language and culture, as well as having acquired the skills and knowledge to enable them to continue their language learning journey with confidence.

Units of Learning...

NB: Our offer includes French as a subject and sets out the progression for year groups moving forward. However, it's important to note that children in Years 4 - 6 may be experiencing a different curriculum model due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. During this time, French was temporarily removed to prioritise COVID catch-up initiatives. Nevertheless, French has since been reintroduced and will be taught to all year groups as per the curriculum offer.

Phonics 1

I'm Learning French




Ancient Britain

Phonics 2

Presenting Myself




My Home

Phonics 3

Do you have a pet?

What is the date?

The Weather



Phonics 4

At School

Regular Verbs

The Weekend

World War II

Me in The World

'Secondary Ready'

We have worked with our local secondary school to ensure children have 'essentials' in a second language which should help them to 'be ready' to make rapid progress. Children should have been given the opportunity to speak, listen, read and write as well as be able to...

Detailed Progression in French

French 1e - Threshold Concepts final.pdf