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Modern Foreign Languages are very important to us at Victoria Road Primary School. We believe that they provide a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all children. Language learning can help support all sorts of skills that the children use across the curriculum; especially speaking and listening, social skills and self-esteem. 

The main language learnt is French. This is because of our close links with France, as a school and city, and because French is offered locally at KS3. We have a strong friendship with our partner school in Brest and a French trip for Years 5 and 6. 

In Foundation and KS1, the aim is a ‘training of the ear’ and we focus mainly on listening and then speaking skills. As the children progress through KS2 there is an increasing focus on reading and then writing skills.  In KS2 this extends to learning the phonics and grammar of the language and developing reading and writing skills. Much of what we do in the foreign language is based firmly on the skills development that underlies the rest of the curriculum, such as, listening attentively, picking up new patterns or memorising.


MFL Key Stage 2

Purpose of study

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should 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. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

Modern Foreign Languages Statement of Intent

To develop the teaching and learning of French across the school, preparing children for future opportunities in French speaking countries.   


At Victoria Road Primary, the core language taught in Key Stage Two is French. Our planning is based upon the iLanguages scheme, Catherine Cheater and aspects of La Jolie Ronde scheme of work that covers all the components of the Programme of Study. It is the intention that all children in KS2 will access first quality teaching of French in order to adequately prepare and lay the foundations for secondary education. We wish to instil and foster pupil’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world beyond the United Kingdom opening up their knowledge experiences to other cultures.  Our aims in teaching a language

  • To develop an interest in learning other languages.
  • To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating.
  •  To encourage children’s confidence and creative skills.
  • To stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language.
  •  To encourage children to be aware that language has a structure and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
  •  To develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  •  To lay the foundations for future language learning.

We intend to record and assess through oral games and the resources provided by Catherine Cheater scheme.

PML Progression of Skills Map 2020-2021

PML Progression Map