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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 half 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 - sometimes harder than it seems!

Here are our focus languages for this year:

Autumn 1 2018 - Arabic

Autumn 2 2018 - Czech

Spring 1 2019 - Ukrainian

Spring 2 2019 - Malayalam

Summer 1 2019 - Portuguese

Summer 2 2019 - German



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. Children in Key Stage 2 have a modern foreign languages ‘can do’ checklist so they can tick off things they can do as and when they meet each objective. 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.

During the Summer term 2017, we 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.

In February 2018, we participated in 'French Day' - tasting French food, replicating artworks by French artists and creating French landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower. See below for pictures!

Watch this space for our 2018-2019 event!


The Curriculum

When planning and teaching French, teachers use guidance from the National Curriculum. We also draw upon fantastic resources we have in school, such as the Inspire Curriculum, LCP and Catherine Cheater schemes of work. The National Curriculum guidance for Modern Foreign Languages and our school MFL policy can be found below.

National Curriculum for MFL

Dalestorth MFL Policy