At Perranporth Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that pupils access high quality French lessons that develop an interest and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoying and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in French. We aim to highlight culture to pupils so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. By working with local secondary schools, teaching weekly French lessons and offering Linguascope, which is a learning platform that can also be accessed at home, we lay the foundations for future language learning as well as a curiosity about travel and cultures.

Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. We currently use Linguascope to compliment and build on the delivered lessons. Pupils not only acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics but also develop their reading and writing skills. Pupils are given various opportunities to demonstrate their language skills through a variety of activities including partner work, singing, online activities and written activities.

All children in KS2 access a weekly French lesson. The teacher introduces a topic and pupils will learn particular vocabulary and grammar. Pupils engage with a teacher led lesson through ‘I say, you repeat’, group learning and written work. The following week, pupils access Linguascope so that they can cement the previous weeks learning. By using Linguascope, pupils of all abilities can access French and learn it at their own pace by repeating activities and listening to the pronunciation of words as many times as they need to. MFL is taught very practically so pupils can use the correct pronunciation and the repetition helps to embed the new vocabulary. KS1 children are introduced to MFL through exploring French and other languages informally when studying another country and during the daily register.

At Perranporth School, we feel it is important for pupils to learn about French culture not only through lessons but also through experiences including celebrating ‘Bastille Day’ and French cooking! This year, we are connecting with a school in the Congo. This particular school are also learning French as a second language. We aim to set up a ‘pen pal’ type-learning context. Not only will this provide a meaningful ‘writing for purpose’ opportunity but it also provides the opportunity for life skills such as writing a letter.

The impact of our MFL curriculum is that children are encouraged to understand the relevance of what they are learning in languages and how it relates to everyday life and travel as well as how it could help them in another country or to talk to a French speaker.

Our MFL curriculum is fun and enjoyed by learners, well resourced and planned to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 2. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:

  • Pupil discussions about their learning
  • Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills defined in each year of study
  • Children applying their knowledge of language to other areas of the curriculum
  • Children applying their cultural understanding and tolerance across society and cultures

Perranporth School ensures all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures.