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Modern Foreign Languages

The documents below outline the key coverage we teach here at Grove. French is introduced to pupils in Year 2 and then developed in line with the language programme of study for Key Stage 2.  

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.

(National Curriculum 2014)

Intent Statement

Our French Curriculum intends to ensure that:

  • The learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils.
  • It helps pupils to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language. 
  • Children's knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in the future. 
  • Learning another language will give children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our focus on global learning. 

Intended Impact

During the children’s learning journey at Grove Road, our intended impact of the French Curriculum is to ensure that children:

  • Will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.
  • Will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. 
  • Will continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language learning journey through the primary phase. 
  • Previous language will be recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate. 


"I love learning a new language and I apply everything I learn when I go to France twice a year'’ - David, Year 6

"I like French because I like learning the different words and trying to say them” - Jacob, Year 3

"I like French because sometimes I go to France and it means I know how I could speak when I go to France. I like the songs and joining in with them” - Mimi, Year 3 

"I like French because in the future I might work for a French business” - Emilio, Year 3

"I like French because you learn new words every week" - Charlotte, Year 3

"I enjoy French because I think it is fun to learn different languages and I like writing in French”- Annabell, Year 4

"I like French because it is useful if you go to a different country and wanted to make friends” - Ellie, Year 4

"I like some of the topics we do in French, like animals” - Ben, Year 4

"I like French because I could answer questions if I went to France” - Andrew, Year 4

"I like it because Madame Burbidge helps me to learn French for when I visit France” - Harry, Year 5

"I quite like French because I go to France every year and I can go and ask for things. I like the songs and having fun!” - Frank, Year 5 

"I like French because it teaches us new words and it is a different language” - Madison, Year 5

"I like French because you learn the words you already know in English but in French” - William, Year 5

Subject Documents Date  
MFL Skills and Knowledge Progression 2023 2024 15th Sep 2023 Download
MFL Vocabulary Progression 2023 2024 15th Sep 2023 Download
MFL at Grove Road 2023 2024 15th Sep 2023 Download


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