Modern Foreign Language (MFL)

Subject Leader

The subject leader for Modern Foreign Languages (French) is Mrs Crankshaw.

Mrs Crankshaw

They can be contacted by emailing using the subject title FAO of followed by the name of the subject leader. Emails typically receive a reply within 2-3 working days. Please note most of our subject leaders have a full-time teaching commitment.

With oversight and support from our Senior Leadership team subject leaders oversee and monitor the intent, implementation and impact of their subject.

Curriculum Development

Intent – The ambition and principles of our curriculum for our children. The curriculum content we expect children to learn. What we expect children to know. 

Implementation – How the intentions are realised. The sequence and strategies used to ensure children know and remember more. There is additional information on our curriculum page.

Impact – How we check and see if children know what we expect them to and how we help them further if needed. How knowledge and skills learnt improved and enriches their lives socially, emotionally, spiritually as well as academically.

Subject Rationale

At St Peter’s, learning a foreign language is an amazing opportunity for the pupils as it provides an opening to learn about other cultures, encouraging pupils’ curiosity to deepen their understanding of the world. The pupils are encouraged to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond, both in speech and in writing. They are also provided with opportunities to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking. Language teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Whilst the teaching of a foreign language does not formally begin until KS2, many of the principles and skills needed to learn to speak, read and understand a language are taught from Early Years and KS1. A feature of our curriculum design is the use of Essential Characteristics. These are the learning characteristics developed through the subject overtime. They act as a common thread between all the units studied in a subject and are developed from Early Years to Year 6.

The main Modern Foreign Language taught at St Peter’s is French and children follow the Language Angels Primary French Sequence. Language Angles has been purposefully selected to support the delivery of our languages programme as it is written and designed by expert languages teachers and comes fully resourced including providing access to home learning options for our children to purposefully and accurately practice and continue their learning away from school. ‘Language Angels’ to support their understanding. By the time the children reach the end of Year Six, they will be linguistically literate through showing a secure understanding of the basic foundations of vocabulary, grammar and written skills required to continue their study of French at KS3.

Related Development Matters Learning

Communication and Language

  • Learn new vocabulary.
  • Ask questions to find out more and to check what has been said to them.
  • Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences.
  • Use new vocabulary in different contexts.


  • Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them. 
  • Blend sounds into words, so that they can read short words made up of known letter– sound correspondences.

Understanding the World 

  1. Recognise some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries.
  2. Recognise some environments that are different from the one in which they live.

Full French Subject Rationale

Subject Sequence and Knowledge Progression

The document below outlines in more detail the sequence of progression. The units taught and when can be seen on the Long Term Plan which can be accessed here.

Curriculum Subject Overview & Knowledge Sequence – French 

French Progression By Year Group

French Progression Map

Knowledge Organisers Examples

To help children secure the intended knowledge we are developing a range of child friendly knowledge organisers to support our curriculum implementation.

KO Vegetables

KO Under The Sea

KO Transport

KO Vegetables

KO Nursery Rhymes

KO Minibeasts

KO The Seasons

KO Ice Creams

KO In the Classroom

KO I Can

KO Fruits

KO Animals

KO – I am Learning French

Impact Examples

We are pleased to share some examples of how knowledge and skills learnt have improved and enriched our children’s lives socially, emotionally, spiritually as well as academically.

Our children experience opportunities to carry out activities in French that help them to develop and build upon their knowledge and skills.

Who? What do we think of computing at St Peter’s?
UKS2 Pupil I really enjoy French and find it fascinating to learn about the traditions in other countries. My favourite topic has been learning about Ice Cream!
LKS2 Pupil We have been learning about animals in French. The way I say the French words is improving and I am becoming more confident.

What have we been up to?

KS2 have been learning about Animals, Ice Creams and Little Red Riding Hood in French. We are building upon our previous knowledge and using the Language Angels scheme to support our understanding and pronunciation!

Whilst the teaching of a foreign language does not formally begin until KS2, many of the principles and skills needed to learn to speak, read and understand a language are taught from Early Years and KS1. Learning opportunities support the 2020 Development Matters Guidance and can be applied to future foreign language learning. The main focus being on communication and language i.e. learning new vocabulary and understanding the world i.e. recognising similarities and difference between this country and others.