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Tennyson Primary School


Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)


Learning French is an integral element of education at Tennyson Road Primary School.

It encourages cultural appreciation by raising children’s awareness of other cultures and traditions, deepens their understanding of the world and offers them an opportunity to communicate with others from around the world.

We aim to inspire a love of languages, laying the foundation for learning further languages and equipping children to live and work in a multi-cultural world. Moreover, speaking a foreign language improves children’s communication skills, enabling them to express their thoughts and ideas in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers.

By studying the grammar and key vocabulary in the second language, children will also gain a better awareness and understanding of their first language.

Through teaching of foreign languages, we aim to enhance children’s listening skills, critical thinking and memory as well as building self-confidence because learning a foreign language allows children of all abilities to shine as they all begin at the same level of MFL knowledge.


At Tennyson Road Primary School, French is taught on a weekly basis across Key Stage 2.

Children receive 30 minutes of direct teaching per week and teaching is often in the form of games, songs and oral work as children respond well to learning a language through these methods.

A variety of methods is utilised, including working with a partner or in small groups or matching pictures to key words. The MFL scheme of work Rising Stars is also used to promote learning. 

The curriculum is structured so that key vocabulary and grammatical points are regularly revisited, encouraging children to retain prior learning and providing a solid base when introducing new learning.

Different themes are used to teach the key terms of each topic and skills are built systematically to enable children to write sentences and create conversations. In early stages, they learn and practice simple everyday phrases, mostly through the short conversations, which then progress to apply their knowledge to writing. Progression within the curriculum is mapped out through the following strands:

  • Listening and Speaking (Oracy)
  • Reading and Writing (Literacy)
  • Grammar
  • Stories, Songs, Poems and Rhymes 

Assessment is on-going and takes place in the form of observations, questioning, verbal discussions and written work. Children receive verbal feedback and often collaborate, working together to spot errors and correct and improve their work.


During their time at Tennyson, children will develop an appreciation and knowledge of foreign languages in order to enable them to experiment with the language when the opportunity presents itself e.g. to communicate for practical purposes.

Children will leave the school equipped with a range of everyday vocabulary and phrases, giving them the means and confidence to take the next steps on their linguistic journey. Layered learning is meant to build up their linguistic skills every year.


French is taught through the provision of high-quality resources, as well as through the implementation of a whole school French Day from the current school year on, in which children will learn about different European languages, the importance of learning languages and how this can help equip them for adult life.

During this French Enrichment Day, the students will get the opportunity to explore the culture, traditions and famous people from the French speaking countries





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‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.’

Taught exclusively in KS2, the children will gain vital experience and understanding in the French language. By teaching using Rising Stars resources, learners will be able to progress their skills through topics such as weather, school, sports and shops.

Children in Year 3 and 4 will develop their understanding of simple vocabulary and short French phrases using verbal and written activities. Year 5 and 6 will progress further by using their speaking, listening and writing skills to create and understand longer French sentences and paragraphs.