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MFL - French


“To learn a foreign language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”

Chinese proverb



At Dundale our languages curriculum aims to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French.

Through our scheme of work, we aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages, developing a strong understanding of the English language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future.



In KS2 we have chosen to adopt a published scheme for languages through Kapow.  This scheme of work is designed with six strands running through; Speaking and pronunciation, Listening, Reading and writing, Grammar, Intercultural Understanding, Language detective skills

Pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. The scheme provides balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond. The Kapow Primary scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included throughout our French units, allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning.


Intended Impact


During the children’s learning journey at Dundale our intended impact of the Languages curriculum is to ensure that children;

  • gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement
  • express themselves creatively and imaginatively in another language
  • apply and develop their knowledge of languages and language learning
  • explore and apply strategies to improve their learning
  • explore their own cultural identities and those of others
  • have a curiosity about the phonics, vocabulary and grammar of French
  • make links between different languages