Modern Foreign Languages

Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?

At Edlington Victoria Academy, we strive to deliver high quality French lessons that will inspire and ignite children’s passion for languages. We offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.  

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. 

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.  

What do we teach? What does this look like?

Through the Modern Foreign Language curriculum, we aim to:  

  • Provide ample opportunities for pupils to practice speaking in French  
  • Enable pupils to progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary  
  • Provide pupils with the knowledge of key grammar concepts  
  • Encourage children to explore language patterns  
  • Allow opportunities for children to explore familiar books, stories and songs in French  
  • Enable children to move from writing simple words and phrases to full sentences in French  

Our curriculum is designed to spiral so that children get the chance to revisit concepts and deepen their understanding 

Year 3 will explore these 6 topics throughout the year: 

  • Getting to know you 
  • All about me 
  • Food, glorious food 
  • Friends and family 
  • Our school 
  • Time 

Year 4 will explore these 6 topics throughout the year:  

  • All around town 
  • On the move 
  • Gone shopping 
  • Where in the world? 
  • What’s the time? 
  • Holidays and hobbies 

Year 5 will explore these 6 topics throughout the year: 

  • Getting to know you 
  • All about ourselves 
  • That’s tasty 
  • Family and friends 
  • School life 
  • Time travelling 

Year 6 will explore these 6 topics throughout the year: 

  • Let’s visit a French town 
  • Let’s go shopping 
  • This is France 
  • All in a day 
  • Our precious planet 
  • More to explore