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French Overview & Key Documents

Below is our whole school French overview for this academic year. For more detailed information about French, please view the termly overviews within each of the year group class pages.

Intent - What do we want children to learn?

At Carlton Colville Primary School, we teach a modern foreign language to all children in KS2 as part of the school curriculum. Learning a modern foreign language supports our pupils to become global citizens and leads to an awareness that they are part of a global community, where respect and appreciation of differing cultures and languages is paramount. Due to this, the MFL curriculum that we provide at Carlton Colville Primary includes a strong emphasis on learning about the culture of the relevant country. We aim for our children to find learning a second language highly enjoyable and hope that they will be encouraged to continue studying a modern foreign language in secondary school and further education.

Although children in KS2 receive French lessons, children in KS1 and Early Years are also exposed to different languages and cultures through the medium of simple, well-known story books and songs. We wish to prepare our children to become successful lifelong learners and we are aware that their future employers would view a bilingual individual as an asset.

To be a linguist at Carlton Colville we focus on the following MFL intentions:  

  • Confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation;
  • Fluency in reading;
  • Fluency and imagination in writing;
  • Awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken;
  • Passion for languages and commitment to the subject;
  • Ability to use language creatively and spontaneously;
  • Independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.

Implementation - How are we going to achieve our intent?

The MFL curriculum is led and overseen by our MFL Team. A regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and staff support takes place along with the celebration and sharing of good practice. There is an ongoing commitment to evolve and improve the quality and impact of MFL on offer to all the children.

Curriculum planning for MFL is based on the programme from the Rigolo scheme of work and carried out in three phases: long-term, medium-term and short-term. The long-term plan maps out the MFL breadth covered within each year group for each academic term. This ensures the statutory MFL Programme of Study objectives are robustly covered across all KS2 classes.  The medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term.  Short-term plans are specific lesson plans, with learning objectives and expected outcomes, giving details of how the lesson is to be taught. The class teacher manages these plans and uses them to support the teaching and learning.

In Key Stage 2 the teaching is based on the guidance material provided by 'Rigolo' scheme, Chris Quigley materials and from the Key Stage 2 Statutory Framework for Languages. The latter has been adapted to the context of our school and the abilities of our children.

Teachers can effectively deliver the teaching of a modern foreign language using appropriate resources and with appropriate training. Support and training (upskilling) is regularly available to teachers and the ‘Virtual Teacher’ which is part of the 'Rigolo' programme can be used as the role model when necessary.

'Rigolo' combines a variety of new and traditional media. There is a suite of multimedia materials which are particularly suitable for use with an interactive whiteboard, so the whole class can work on the materials at the same time.

A variety of teaching methodologies are used to encourage the children to engage actively in French lessons: these include games, role-play, paired work and songs (particularly action songs). Flashcards are used both with and without text. The children can make their own mini-books and there is some limited use of worksheets. The school has invested in a wide range of resources including books and resources that will help not only with language learning but will also help to promote cultural understanding.

Children are continually assessed focusing on the breadth and depth of their learning. Teachers continually assess the acquisition of skills and knowledge throughout each session and will reinforce, support or challenge pupils accordingly to deepen their understanding and master techniques. 

Each KS2 class has its own set of resources including posters and laminated flashcards. 'Rigolo' is available on all the computers used by Key Stage 2. There are a range of teaching resources, which includes; fiction and non-fiction books, puppets, Rigolo Big Books, play Euros/food, song books, CDs, teacher manuals, French artefacts and objects.

Impact - What will it look like when we have achieved our intent?

Our MFL curriculum gives the children the best opportunity to gain skills and to educate them about the importance of understanding different cultures and the benefits of learning another language; an integral part of them becoming a valued global citizen in the future. We equip our children with the necessary skills and knowledge so they will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives, utilising the skills, knowledge and respect acquired through MFL.  

Highlighted MFL impact includes: (this is not an exhaustive list)

  • Pupils who can draw upon (recall) prior knowledge of French words and phrases.
  • Pupils who have an appreciation of cultures that differ to their own.
  • Pupils who can respond confidently with simple responses, when asked common questions in French.


Through the explicit teaching of the Computing skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.  

Pupil Voice

Jayden – "I really enjoyed learning how to describe other people in French."

Amy – "In Year 4 we learnt how to say some colours in French. This helped me in Year 5 when we had to sing a French song all about colours."

Evie – "I find French hard to learn but I know I have to be determined and keep trying."

French in Action

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