Alderbrook Nursery & Primary School

Modern Foreign Language

French Long Term Plan and Progression Map


At Alderbrook we are committed to our pupils having a broad and balanced curriculum. The National Curriculum stipulates that pupils in key stage 2 should be taught a MFL. We currently offer French lessons.

French Intent Statement

At Alderbrook we believe that learning a foreign language is an exciting part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and can provide an opening to, and understanding of other cultures. A high-quality languages education can foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Children will learn to express their ideas and thoughts in French and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, including through the use of song, learning new ways of thinking and develop confidence in listening, speaking, reading and writing. French phonics will be used to ensure children learn the basics of reading in French. It is intended that when children leave Alderbrook Primary, they will have a comprehensive body of knowledge, built up over Key Stage 2. They will have the opportunity to develop knowledge of the language, culture and traditions, as well as the language learning skills to take them forward into Key Stage 3. They will have natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.

 Pupils are taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show an 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