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At Dalestorth, we teach French as our Modern Foreign Language. Key Stage 2 children receive three hours of French teaching per half term - this may be taught as half an hour per week, or blocked over the course of a single week. In Foundation and Key Stage 1, we introduce the children to keywords and phrases in other languages ensure that all children encounter an additional language from an early age. We strive to deliver fun and engaging French lessons that include games, role play, stories, songs and rhymes as well as written French, understanding the language structure and grammar patterns.


Language of the Half Term

Every term, we learn key words in a focus language to engage the children in different cultures. Via a fantastic website, we hear native speakers saying introductory phrases and key words, which we then try to copy with proper pronunciation - which is harder than it seems!

Here are our focus languages for this year:

Autumn - Portuguese

Spring - German

Summer - Russian



Assessment is informal during French lessons, mostly completed through teacher observations of the children doing French activities in order to evaluate what the children have learned and carefully plan their next steps. Assessment is split in to four key areas:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Stories, songs and rhymes
  • Reading and writing
  • Grammar


Special Events

Every academic year, we have a themed languages event.

We have previously participated in a themed week of 'Around the World in Five Days'. We 'visited' a different country every day, finding out about the traditions and ways of life of the native people. We did lots of exciting activities within our Key Stages, including food tasting, traditional artwork, map work and physical geography, learning traditional songs and dances and computer research.

We have also participated in 'French Day' - tasting French food, replicating artworks by French artists and creating French landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower. We also celebrate Chinese New Year in school. See below for pictures!


The Curriculum

When planning and teaching French, teachers use guidance from the National Curriculum. We also draw upon fantastic resources we have in school. 


We have recently updated our whole school curriculum planning. Though we still follow a 2 year rolling curriculum plan, we have altered it so that each year we cover three topics, rather than one per half term. This is enabling us to explore topics thoroughly, and spend time embedding our learning. Our MFL teaching links, as much as possible, to our topics. To see our new topic overviews, follow the link:

National Curriculum for MFL