Modern Foreign Languages

SHINE in Modern Foreign Languages

Pupils at Bantock will be able to confidently utilise the essential components of MFL through challenging yet achievable goals.
A culture of enjoyment in an immersive learning experience of MFL is developed so that pupils are happy to participate in learning.
An engaging delivery of varied and creative lessons serves to foster pupil’s curiosity and provide them with a firm foundation for lifelong language learning.
At Bantock pupils with work collaboratively and diversity is celebrated to show how language learning can develop new opportunities.
Bantock Primary School support pupils so that they can become independent and confident language learners, who are encouraged to thrive and achievements are celebrated.

Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for children. Bantock Primary intends to encourage positive attitudes towards foreign language learning and other cultures.

This school aims to:

  • Develop children’s speaking and listening skills and lay the foundations for future language learning.
  • Develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the French and English.
  • Enhance pupils’ awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduce an international dimension to pupils’ learning; giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.
  • Provide a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
  • Provide children with a solid base, which they can then further develop at KS3 and beyond.


Curriculum Overview

Progression of Skills

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 and celebrate difference between languages and cultures. 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.

End of Key Stage 2 Aims
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


Key stage 2: Foreign language
Teaching is focussed on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and will lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3 and beyond. It will enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary taught.

The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication.

Year 3

The pupils will begin to develop their ability to listen, recognise and respond to songs and words in French. They will learnt how to respond with single words or simple phrases using visual clues. The pupils will also start to articulate short phrases using the new vocabulary embedded within each lesson, starting to be able to respond to basic questions asked in French. Additionally, the pupils will be able to label items and write words to complete sentences or phrases in French.

Year 4

The pupils will build upon their knowledge and skills from the previous year, being able to listen to and follow instructions with more confidence. The pupils will be able to respond to basic questioning in French with more confidence. They will learn to write words and phrases and to show an understanding of these by reading and then using the correct pronunciation to verbalise them, using new vocabulary in simple conversations. Pupils will begin to use bilingual dictionaries or glossaries to find new word meanings.

Year 5

The pupils will learn to show an understanding of short passages that are spoken at near normal speed and then respond to questions in an appropriate manner. They will also begin to convey their opinions and keep a conversation flowing with two or three exchanges and then express this in writing. The pupils will learn how to confidently use a bilingual dictionary or glossary to find new word meanings.

Year 6
The pupils learn how to understand longer passages that are read at normal speed and then participate in a structured conversation. They will pronounce words accurately and show consistency in their intonation. Pupils will also begin to learn how to join clauses using conjunctions and use their grammatical knowledge of French to build sentences and write accurately using the correct feminine, masculine and neutral forms.