Modern Foreign Language

The MFL lead at Over Hall Community School is Miss Burton. If you have any questions regarding MFL then please speak with your child's class teacher or Miss Burton as subject lead.


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. 


Modern Foreign Languages is taught following the National Curriculum objectives. Our curriculum overview ensures progressive coverage of the skills required from the National Curriculum. A linear curriculum has been chosen for the children to gradually build upon their skills over time. Lessons must follow the overview so that key skills and prior learning are considered and opportunities for revision of language are built into new learning. Lessons will also offer an insight into French speaking countries and their communities, alongside new vocabulary and grammar, this allows for the children to deepen their understanding of the world.  

The main emphasis of lessons should be on practising speaking and listening skills, alongside reading. Some writing skills may be developed, where appropriate but more likely within Upper Key Stage 2. Vocabulary and Grammar needs to be displayed throughout school and in key learning areas so that children can repeat and revise their learning throughout the school day.

Finally, ‘Incidental’ Languages are part of the day to day life of our school. Particularly within KS1, where teaching a language is not mandatory. For example, teachers may use French to give simple classroom instructions (‘come in quietly’, ‘entrez en silence’; ‘listen’, ‘écoutez’; ‘look’, ‘regardez’), to ask questions (‘who wants school dinner?’, ‘qui veut un dejeuner?’ ; ‘what’s today’s date?’, ‘quelle est la date aujourd’hui?’) or to take the register. Children are encouraged to respond in French.

This gives children opportunities to use and develop their language for communicating in real-life contexts.

National Curriculum Objectives:

Pupils should be taught to: 

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show 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.

From September 2020 we have changed our whole school language to French. This means that ALL Key Stage 2 year groups (Year 3 - Year 6) will all be starting from the same point in their language learning - Year 3 Autumn Term. Attached is a four year progression plan. 


Please refer to the progression of skills and language objectives 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 other forms of child led assessment such as KWL grids to show understanding and progression. Also through 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.

*Please see class or key stage pages for learning intentions for each year group.


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