Curriculum: French

At Beverley Minster CE (VC) Primary School, we have chosen French as our foreign language study. Our aim is to develop our pupils’ enjoyment of speaking different languages along with their interest in exploring other cultures. We intend to nurture the children’s confidence to become good French speakers, who further explore the history and culture of our continental neighbour via its native language. Equally, we aim to enhance the children’s perception of diversity by gaining a broader understanding of different cultures beyond our local context. 

By the time our children finish Year Six, we intend for them to have a strong understanding of how to manipulate foreign vocabulary, to converse effectively and share their thoughts, intentions, ideas and opinions in a global capacity. We intend that our pupils are well-equipped with skills and knowledge that are not only transferable to future leisure and work aspects of daily life, but that are especially valuable in offering individuals’ additional enrichment and a widening of future opportunities.

Equally, we strive to ensure that pupils’ natural curiosity is stimulated through ‘real world’ experiences and an earlier exposure to the French language than the statutory requirement. Our aim is to drive forward their passion to explore not only the French language further, but inspire the wider exploration of other cultures and languages of their choice also. 


Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively build our pupils’ language skills by extending and increasing their vocabulary and its application. We follow the national curriculum by using i-Languages, in addition to using other resources, in order to ensure progression. i-languages is made accessible with a book based scheme that develops the pupils’ learning through a weekly French lesson for Key Stage 2. As pupils progress throughout Key Stage Two, they combine a greater number of words into more sophisticated structures by adding opinions and explanations. 

Through activities of: singing, reciting rhymes and poems; responding to French stories; creating mimes and role-play and experimenting creatively with the language, we develop the children’s confidence in intonation, pronunciation, response to and the communicating of vocabulary choices. They develop strong interpersonal skills, enough to converse effectively and share their thoughts in a global capacity, while strengthening  pupils’ appreciation and grammatical understanding of their own language. 

Progression of Knowledge and Skills