Modern Foreign Languages

At Village Primary School, we believe that the learning of a modern foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. Learning a modern foreign language helps all children develop their interest and curiosity in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. At our school, learning a modern foreign language begins at KS2 and children will study French.

We aim to develop children’s experience of language learning and encourage curiosity about languages. We aim to develop their understanding of what they hear and read, and provide opportunities for them to express themselves in speech and writing. Additionally, we aim to extend their knowledge of how language works by exploring the similarities and differences between French and English.


Skills Progression in MFL

  EYFS KS1 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Speaking Repeat simple words in chorus

40-60 months

• Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.

Repeat simple phrases in chorus


Speak using simple words, phrases and simple sentences

Speak familiar words in chorus

Use correct pronunciation

Communicate by asking and answering a wider range of questions.

Present short pieces of information to another person

Use correct pronunciation

Take part in short conversations using familiar words/phrases.

Present to others using gesture and intonation to make meaning clear.

Understand and express simple opinions.

Take part in conversation and begin to tell simple stories.

Use connectives to add fluency.

Present to an audience.

Listening ELGs

Children listen to instructions and follow them accurately, asking for clarification if necessary. They listen attentively with sustained concentration to follow a story without pictures or props and can listen in a larger group, for example at assembly.

40-60 months

• Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity.

Listen and respond to familiar words (e.g. Greetings) Listen and respond to familiar words/phrases. Follow a text accurately while it is being read.

Listen for specific words/phrases and identify these.

Listen attentively and understand phrases and sentences in a passage.

Identify key words/phrases to help answer questions.

Understand the main points in a passage spoken with authentic speed.

Answer questions based on what they hear.

Reading   Read aloud familiar words.

Understand familiar written words.

Read a wider range of familiar words/phrases to another person. Read a variety of simple texts and answer questions. Read aloud with expression and correct pronunciation.

Read and understand more specific details from a variety of simple texts.

Writing   Write some familiar words from memory or using supported materials. Write some familiar words/phrases from memory or using supported materials. Write simple sentences and short paragraphs from memory or using supported materials.

Use verbs in the correct form.

Check spellings using a dictionary.

Write longer sentences and short paragraphs from memory or using supported materials.

Use verbs in the correct form.

Use adjectives and connectives.