At Holywell, we explore languages. The intention of the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) curriculum is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating.

We aim to encourage children’s confidence and creative skills through the teaching of French.

Whatever the language taught, we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about all languages. We aim to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating.  Learning French will also offer pupils the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.  The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.


Our teachers use the National Curriculum, the Ventrus Curriculum Approach and Niveau Bleu and Niveau Blanc and Twinkl for as a basis for planning.

  • Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through weekly taught lessons in KS2.
  • In KS1, children take part in regular fun activities, games and songs to help them to develop awareness of basic French words and phrases.
  • Teachers deliver MFL lessons supported by teachers from our local secondary school.
  • Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.
  • Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games.
  • As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through a range of tailored activities to ensure that all children can access the MFL curriculum that is outlined in the National Curriculum.
  • Units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons.  As pupils progress through the lessons in a unit they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use.


The regular learning of French still needs time to be embedded.

We aim to ensure that eventually children are accessing work at age related expectations. They will be able to recognise and apply key vocabulary within conversations and will be challenged in a range of speaking and listening, reading and writing activities.