Mount Pleasant Primary School believes that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils.  We aim to teach French to all our children in a fun and interactive way.  Our aspiration is to ensure that all children make good progress through engagement and enjoyment.  We encourage them to develop skills and apply them in a variety of ways to communicate in a different language. Children will learn French in a dedicated French lesson each week.  Children in Key Stage 1 develop basic French skills through the singing of French songs, learning basic phrases and learning from an early outset that French is fun.


Subject Leader: Mrs Turnbull

Our Intent 

  • Children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating.

  • We encourage children’s confidence and creative skills.

  • We strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language.

  • We help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.

  • We embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning with aspirations to travel

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.

  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.

  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.

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

  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.

  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.

  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.

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

  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.


Key stage 2

French Overview