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Petit Poulet - Chicken Little in French (with English subtitles)

"Chicken Little" in slow French with English subtitles, retold by More French children's stories, fairy tales and fables (with English t...

What we believe for our curriculum


At Holbrook Primary School, formal MFL teaching should be fully inclusive for every KS2 child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for MFL and give the EYFS and KS1 children a confidence in learning a new language to ready them for formal learning in KS2 and foster the pupil’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our aim is to develop the confidence and competence of each child in the foreign language they are learning. Our goal is for them to be passionate, curious and confident about their own foreign language learning abilities when they finish the primary school phase of their education.

We will help them develop and demonstrate substantial progress in the 5 key language skills necessary for learning French:


  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar


We aim to ensure that pupils of all abilities develop solid foundations in these key language learning skills - properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning journey. These skills will develop children’s ability to understand what they hear and read and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing. We will extend their knowledge of how language works and explore the similarities and differences between the foreign language they are learning and English. We will also help strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it with their own.


The aims of teaching Modern Foreign Languages in our school are to:


  • 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


How we put our aims into daily practice

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in MFL, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout Key Stage Two. MFL is taught in discrete lessons covering at least one unit per half term.

The MFL curriculum at Holbrook Primary School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document. When teaching MFL, teachers should follow the children’s interests and real life experiences to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. Before planning a unit of work, teachers should assess children’s prior knowledge and understanding to ensure the work planned is pitched at the correct level. A variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement.


In MFL, skills in speaking, reading and writing another language are developed through a multi-sensory approach such as rhymes, songs, stories and repetition. In Upper Key Stage Two, children begin to develop their understanding of grammar in another language.


Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) / Pupil Premium / Higher Attainers

Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum, providing children with a range of opportunities in order for them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.


We are successful because

Our MFL curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and vocabulary progression also forms part of the units of work.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:


  • Observing children speaking and listening in another language
  • Marking of written work in
  • Images and videos of children completing speaking and listening activities
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
  • Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s work is scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum to parents
  • Learning walks


The MFL subject leader will continually monitor the impact MFL teaching is having on the children’s learning through work scrutinies to ensure the progress of knowledge and skills is being taught. They will also ensure the knowledge taught is retained by the children and continually revisited and that the learners are able to apply the skills they have been taught to a variety of different settings, showing independence with their learning.

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Celebrating different languages and cultures in EYFS and KS1

EYFS have been Globetrotters and travelled the world looking at the Artic, South America, Australia and Asia.

Year 1 have been embracing the languages spoken at home and learning some French greetings.

Year 2 have been gardening in French!


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Year 3 and 4 have been busy!

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Lockdown learning.