Modern Foreign Language (MFL) ~ French

Teaching Modern Foreign Languages at Over Hall Community School

'Be supported, feel supported - make a difference'

Modern Foreign Language (MFL) lead: Miss Roach


At Over Hall we strive to:

  • ensure that children are given opportunities to widen their knowledge and understanding of the world as well as developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

  • inspire pupils to develop a love of language and expand their horizon to other countries.

  • help children grow into curious, confident, reflective language learners, who have high aspirations and are proud of their achievements

  • provide them with an opportunity to fulfil their highest potential and also give them the foundations that will further support them with more advanced language studies. 


We teach MFL using the Rachel Hawkes scheme of work which is in line with National Curriculum aims. We are currently (2022-2024) rolling out the new scheme of learning which teaches the three core strands of knowledge in more depth - as recommended in OFSTED'S Framework for Langauges 2021. LKS2 will begin the new scheme of learning. UKS2 will complete their Primary Education on the old scheme which still covers core knowledge and meets NC aims.

New Scheme - Rachel Hawkes:

3 Core Strands of Essential knowledge:

  1. Phonics – the key components of the sound-writing relationship

  2. Vocabulary – a set of the most frequently used words

  3. Grammar – the essential building blocks required to create simple sentences independently (including gender of nouns, singular and plural forms, adjectives (place and agreement), and the conjugation of key verbs)

The teaching of a foreign language to every child in KS2 is a statutory requirement, as set out in the National Curriculum Programmes of Study (2014).

In line with the NC PoS, our children learn to:

  • Listen and show understanding by joining in and responding

  • Link the sound, spelling and meaning of words

  • Read aloud with accurate pronunciation

  • Read and show understanding of phrases and simple texts

  • Speak in sentences

  • Describe people, places, things in speech and writing

  • Ask and answer questions

  • Express opinions

  • Write phrases from memory

  • Adapt phrases to create new sentences

  • Use a dictionary

Please refer to the progression of skills below for a breakdown of knowledge and skills in each year group.

Assessment - Subject Leaders monitor the progress of French through  key questioning during lesson times, assessing against the language objectives, and using end of unit speaking, listening, reading and writing short assessments. Leaders also make judgements through a work scrutiny of language books or files, lesson observations, pupil voice and work displayed through school. Next steps for the subject then become evident. 


Impact will ultimately be measured by having happy, knowledgeable, understanding and reflective children that are ready for their next steps in their learning journeys.

Impact will also be measured through the increase in profile of the language through school. It should be displayed, spoken and used by all learners on a daily basis. A whole school approach to language learning may also develop on the whole a love of languages for staff, children and parents.

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