Modern Foreign Languages

As part of the National Curriculum, learning a foreign language is a requirement for children in KS2. At John Stainer our children are learning French in Years 3 -6. During lessons children will not only be learning the French language; they will also be introduced to information about the country of France itself, including famous people and places. They will also be looking at countries where French is spoken as the official language.



-We aim to develop children’s experience of language acquisition and encourage curiosity about languages.

-To develop their understanding of what they hear and read, and have an ability to express themselves in speech and writing.

-To extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences between French and English.

-To strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in Francophone countries and comparing it with their own culture.



Teaching and Learning Overview

Teaching is in line with the recommendations of the National Curriculum, with modifications in place which allow for the individual and differentiated needs of the children. It takes full account of the different experiences, strengths and interests of the children whilst also complying with the requirements and guidance on inclusion


The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 writing in the language studied.



French is taught in a whole-class setting, by the class teacher. The lessons are designed to motivate children from the first moment and are mainly practical in focus. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.

Each class has a timetabled lesson of at least thirty minutes per week. French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained. French lessons provide a variety of sources to model the language, use games and songs to maximise enjoyment and make as many connections to real life situations as possible. Lessons focus on speaking and listening. However, when appropriate, children record written work informally in books which are passed through the years and become a portfolio of their learning.


At John Stainer we are using the Niveau blanc/bleu/rouge scheme for teaching and learning. Please see the links below for a sample lesson and lesson plan for Y5.


Sample lesson plan

Sample Y5 French lesson