Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

At St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Kingston Hill, French is our main language but not the only language we teach; our modern foreign language (MFL) teaching and learning is linked to other subjects in the curriculum, topical themed days and the home languages of our pupils. We like to embrace all contributions from our multi-linguistic pupils – see our multi-linguistic welcome display in the reception area!

The National Curriculum requires schools to teach foreign languages in Key Stage 2. However, at St Paul's we want to give our pupils many different experiences in EYFS & Key Stage 1. From September 2020, all year groups will have the opportunity to learn languages mainly focusing on French. Reception and KS1 will mostly do this through stories and songs with more formal language lessons beginning in Year 3. If you are a French speaker and would be interested in visiting a class to read a French story, teach a song or sing a French nursery rhyme, please contact Mrs Randell via the school office.

This is our curriculum intent:

  • To use high quality literature (fiction and non-fiction) in all subjects.

  • To apply English and maths .

  • To share favourite stories in their home language.


By the end of lower KS2

  • To listen to spoken language and show understanding by joining in with familiar phrases.

  • To explore patterns and sounds of languages through songs and rhymes and make links between the spelling, sound and meaning of words.

  • Engage in simple conversations; ask questions and answer appropriately; express opinions eg like / dislikes; seek clarification and help after trying to say new phrases.

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

  • To develop accurate pronunciation so that others understand when they are using familiar words and phrases.

  • To present ideas and information orally to a partner or own class.

  • To show an understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.

  • To appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French.

  • To broaden their vocabulary and begin to develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced through familiar stories and songs.

  • To write simple sentences in French using scaffolding eg changing the noun or adjective in an example sentence.

  • To describe people, places, things and actions orally and begin to in writing.

  • To begin to understand some basic grammar eg know that nouns are masculine or feminine, to look for patterns in French, and to look for similarities between English and French including English words with French origins.


By the end of upper KS2

  • To listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding in full sentences where appropriate.

  • To explore patterns and sounds of languages through songs, rhymes and passages from French literature and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.

  • Engage and continue conversations; ask questions and answer appropriately; express opinions and respond to the opinions of others; seek clarification and help where necessary after first attempting using existing knowledge.

  • Speak in sentences of increasing complexity, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and language structures.

  • To develop accurate pronunciation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases eg when reading simple French stories to younger children.

  • To present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.

  • To read carefully and show an understanding of words, phrases and simple writing including being able to translate the majority of a simple French story book .

  • To appreciate traditional French stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French.

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

  • To write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.

  • To use expanded descriptive sentences to describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

  • To understand some basic grammar eg know that nouns are masculine or feminine and the conjugation of high frequency verbs; to look for patterns in French and apply these when building sentences both orally and in writing; and to look for similarities between English and French including English words with French origins.

Year 3 Tasting French Food

Les Directions

Year 4 learnt how to give directions in French. They learnt how to say turn right, turn left, go straight on and stop. They went out into the playground and gave each other directions to follow. Back inside the classroom, the children gave a volunteer instructions how to find a hidden toy.

Learning the Emotions in French

Year 5 - La mode (Fashion)