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St Mark’s Primary School

"'Let Your Light Shine' Matthew 5:16"



By learning a foreign language, our children can express their thoughts and ideas whilst continuing to widen their communication and written skills.  Through exposure to new languages, the children can celebrate diversity and their individual identity whilst also being encouraged to explore their curiosity and deepen understanding of other cultures. The practical language skills taught will support the children as they continue to develop, providing greater opportunities for the future. Our vision is to foster pupils' curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world around them, with a particular focus on the French language and culture, as well as their own language, which in turn will allow the children to 'let their light shine' Matthew 5:16. 

Words from our children:

Our approach to language teaching and learning is in line with the recommendations of the National Curriculum and the requirements outlined in the Department for Education Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2.  


The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils in KS2:  


  • 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 authentic writing in the language studied. 

French is taught in a whole-class setting by the class teacher or another member of staff and is therefore not reliant on one key member of staff.   


Teachers plan their lessons using the Language Angels scheme of work and can supplement this with their own ideas and experience and those of their colleagues. 


The lessons are designed to motivate, captivate and interest children from the first moment. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. At St Mark’s, we ensure that all children have the opportunity to take part in MFL lessons and that lessons are adapted accordingly to meet the needs of all the children in the class, including those with SEND. 


French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained.  

French lessons include: 


  • PowerPoints and interactive whiteboard materials 

  • Interactive games  

  • Songs & raps  

  • Differentiated desk-based consolidation activities  

  • Worksheets (at three different levels of challenge) are provided throughout each teaching unit  


Each lesson will focus on a combination of the 5 key language learning skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar).  

How is our curriculum unique to St Mark’s? 

At St Mark’s 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. 

At the end of Year 6 our children will be able to: 

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.  

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.  

  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.  

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

  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.  

  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.  

  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.  

  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.  

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

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

  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.  

  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.    

What does it mean to be a linguist in a language other than English? 

Modern Foreign Language, and more specifically, French at St Mark’s, can give us a broader understanding of the French culture and the world around us, and an appreciation of the French-speaking world. As a linguist of a foreign language, children learn to speak, listen, read and write in French, setting them up for success in further language-learning at secondary school and further education.  


Studying a Modern Foreign Language can give you a wide variety of opportunities in the future, including becoming a tour guide, a translator, interpreter, foreign service officer, international travel co-ordinator, flight attendant or even a social worker.