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 - Languages key stage 2

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

  • 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

  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Oakfield's Approach


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

  • Curious - Through learning a language pupils can deepen their understanding of the world around them.

  • Expressive - By enabling them to express themselves in a different language both in writing and speech.

  • Confident - In their ability to communicate using a different language.


We will do this by ensuring ...

  • Children are given meaningful opportunities to apply the skills they are taught.

  • Content is taught progressively to acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge.

  • Lessons offer appropriate levels of challenge and stretch, to ensure pupils learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language they are learning.


We will have made a difference when ...

  • Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the French culture.

  • All value and enjoy the curriculum we offer - by sharing their thoughts through discussion and engagement with the curriculum.

  • All children will develop their language through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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

  • Children will be able to recognise familiar words and short phrases covered in the units taught.

  • They will be able to communicate with others using simple words and short phrases and read familiar words and short phrases accurately.

  • Children will be able to write familiar words and short phrases using a model or vocabulary list. For example 'I play the piano'. 'I like apples' and they will start to understand the concept of noun gender and the use of articles and be able to use the first person singular version of high frequency verbs. EG: 'I like …' 'I play …' 'I am called …'

Year 4

  • Children will learn to listen to longer passages and understand more of what we hear by picking out key words and phrases covered.

  • They will communicate with others with improved confidence and accuracy and read aloud short pieces of text applying knowledge they have learnt.

  • Children can write some short phrases based on familiar topics and begin to use connectives/ conjunctions and the negative form where appropriate. For example, my name, where I live and my age and they better understand the concept of gender and which articles to use for meaning.

Year 5

  • Children will be able to listen more attentively and for longer and they can communicate on a wider range of topics and themes.

  • They can remember and recall a range of vocabulary with increased knowledge, confidence and spontaneity and can understand longer passages in the foreign language and start to decode meaning of unknown words.

  • Children can write a paragraph using familiar language incorporating connectives/conjunctions, a negative response and adjectival agreement where required and can understand better the rules of adjectival agreement and possessive adjectives.

Year 6

  • Children can listen to longer text and more authentic foreign language material and learn to recall previously learnt language and incorporate it with new language with increased speed and spontaneity.

  • They will be able to tackle unknown language with increased accuracy by applying knowledge learnt.

  • Children can write a piece of text using language they have learnt and learn to adapt any models provided to show solid understanding of any grammar covered.

  • They will consolidate understanding of gender and nouns, use of the negative, adjectival agreement and possessive adjectives.

Detailed Progression in French

French 1e - Threshold Concepts final.pdf