Purpose and aims


  • Provide an opening to other cultures, fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world.
  • Enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
  • Provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


  • 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.


Below is an outline of the coverage within KS2.French is taught in a whole-class setting. Teachers plan together using suggested teaching ideas based on Salut! scheme for French.  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.

Year 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 YEAR 6
Animals Playtime On Holiday Actions
Food My Home Eating Out In France
At School My Town Hobbies Family
  Describing People A School Trip A Weekend with Friends
  The Body Seasons The Future
  Sport The Environment Jobs

Progression and Assessment

The Salut programme has Learning Outcomes organised by strand based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Outcomes are levelled at 4 stages roughly corresponding to Years 3- 6. It also provides Class Programme tracking forms and Pupil Progress Checklists.

Monitoring, evaluation and improvement

The MFL Subject leader monitors planning and delivery on a bi-termly basis. Findings are shared with the SLT and the MFL SEF is updated as appropriate.

Primary Languages Progression of Knowledge and Skills Document Download