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Learners will:

  • Develop resilience in language learning as well as enjoyment of it through a challenging scheme of work
  • Acquire language learning strategies for memorisation and retrieval as well as for listening, speaking, reading, writing and understanding
  • Develop the skill of how to use a bi-lingual dictionary to decode unfamiliar language
  • Be able to manipulate language to speak or write sentences creatively using prior knowledge of grammar and key features; with and without a dictionary
  • Have a sound grasp of the key sounds of the French language and their corresponding graphemes and be able to apply this knowledge when speaking, listening, reading aloud and writing
  • Recognise some of the language patterns of French and how these differ or are similar to English
  • Appreciate and be able to copy the sound of the language at text level through songs, stories and rhymes
  • Have a deeper understanding of cultural differences and similarities
  • Demonstrate substantial progress in learning French and work towards or meet the targets of the KS2 Programme of Study for Languages.


  • The lesson plans are designed to be up to 60 minutes in length for Years 3-6. These may be followed- up with classroom routines in French to increase the exposure time in a week.
  • The lessons are based on the ILanguages Scheme of Work which has been revised by Brookhouse to incorporate the suggested attainment targets from the work of Sue Cave.
  • Lessons are designed to be progressive and build on prior learning, moving from word to sentence level over the four years.
  • The lesson plans include ideas for support for the less able and to extend the more able.
  • The lesson activities are challenging, varied and interactive and develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Lesson resources with audio support are provided.
  • The choice of vocabulary ensures exposure to all the key phonic sounds and ability to build sentences using grammatical knowledge.
  • The content allows for revisiting and consolidating prior knowledge.
  • Formative assessment in each lesson informs the planning and teaching of subsequent lesson plans. Summative assessment also takes place termly.
  • Written work is completed in French Books or the ILanguages booklet for the year group.


  • The lesson plans are linked to the KS2 targets and in particular to those of the appropriate year group which have been written by Sue Cave.
  • The completed activities gather evidence of the listening, speaking, reading and writing targets.
  • Evidence of speaking activities is carried out in lessons and during summative assessments.
  • To enhance the impact on enjoyment and intercultural understanding, a French Day is held.
  • All of the above provides evidence that the ‘statements of intent’ are met.

Modern Foreign Language Policy

Brookhouse French Rationale

Overview of Learning Objectives in French

French Long Term Curriculum Overview

Overview of French Sounds