Modern Foreign Languages


  • At St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, we aim to support pupils to become confident linguists through their learning of French from EYFS to the end of KS2. Pupils are encouraged to develop in their language skills throughout school to be able to communicate and express themselves in another language. French will have a visible profile in school and pupils’ achievements will be celebrated.
  • Knowledge and skills are explicitly taught. By knowledge we mean the key vocabulary of each unit taught and the grammar focus. The word skills, is regarded as a form of knowledge itself, and is used to cover all the various processes that children need to develop if they are to get better at a subject. The key skills for French are: listening, speaking, writing and reading.
  • At St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School we are committed to following the subject content of the National Curriculum which defines all these different aspects of MFL and how pupils’ learning should develop over each key stage.
  • All pupils will be supported in their language learning, with individual needs tailored to and met. Pupils with SEND will have adapted teaching and resources, whilst gifted and talented pupils will be encouraged to deepen their language understanding.
  • It is fundamental that pupils are given equal opportunities to explore their language learning and the culture of Francophone countries around the world.
  • Implementation
  • Collaborative planning lies at the heart of our curriculum implementation. We are committed to improving dialogue between and across phases and settings; with primary and secondary colleagues working closely together to develop high quality units of work, aiming to help pupils progress as linguists. These are focused on embedding challenge, metacognition, retrieval and practice. They also provide pupils with further opportunities to develop their literacy skills and numeracy skills within a MFL context.
  • Planning of each unit is rooted in four key skill areas: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Across school, a curriculum map has been developed to ensure pupils have a coverage of various units, such as: family, school subjects and pets. These concepts are revisited and built upon yearly with appropriate grammar focuses taught alongside this.
  • The subject leader for MFL will meet the senior leadership team on a regular basis to evaluate provision in order to ensure that teaching and learning in MFL is at least Good and continuing to move towards Outstanding at every opportunity. Where necessary, staff will receive coaching and training in MFL.
  • Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, visiting places they may not normally consider, such as museums and other partner schools and Language departments.


  • Pupil dialogue and work in books shows a high standard of French being taught. Pupils are able to talk with key French vocabulary and appropriate grammar. They can make links and connections to what they have been taught previously.
  • French learning and enjoyment is visible. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in French and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
  • Through French, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents.
  • Through wider learning in French, pupils will explore the culture differences of Francophone countries around the world and experience how languages can broaden their horizons.

Please see our MFL Policy below:

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