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French at St Patrick's School


At St Patrick’s we offer a relevant, broad and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond Key Stage 2.

Content will be continuously updated and reviewed, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase.  Learning will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements. 

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning. he intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.



Upon entry to Key Stage 2, children begin learning French. Classes will have access to a high-quality MFL curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in French through well-taught and well-planned weekly lessons in Key Stage 2, lasting 30-45 minutes, which will be taught by class teachers.

Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.

Teachers will know where every child is at any point in their foreign language learning journey.

Units, where possible and appropriate, will be linked to class topics and cross curricular themes. Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The curriculum map outlines for teachers what each class in each year group will be taught and when it will be taught.

  • Each unit and lesson will have clearly defined objectives and aims.
  • Each lesson will incorporate interactive whiteboard materials to include ample speaking and listening tasks within a lesson.
  • Lessons will incorporate challenge sections and adaptable activities to meet the needs of all our children.  We acknowledge children’s different learning styles and promote learning through active participation in cross-curricular units of work, actions, rhymes, stories, songs, grammar activities, video clips, phonics and dictionary work to embed, combine and extend language skills.  Regular use of end of topic tests allows teachers and pupils to monitor and their progress.

Our MFL curriculum is reinforced through participation in 'La Fiestaval', an inter-schools language celebration and additional enrichment opportunities.  Displays and signage in French also contribute to the whole school learning environment.



Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages that develops year on year. They will be able to:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • Write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

-The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 Framework Document. September 2013

The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and against the 12 DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2 attainment targets is provided at the end of each 6-week teaching unit. This information will be recorded and monitored by the Foreign Language Subject Leader who can use this data to ensure teaching is targeted and appropriate for each pupil, class and year group as well as to feedback on progress to SLT and stakeholders.


What do the children think?

'I enjoy it so much because there are really fun activities to do.'

'I liked learning about animal names in French and I could draw them in my book.'

'I love French!'


Further learning 

Children also have access to the Language Angels pupil games at


French curriculum map Year 2 - 6




We had a wonderful afternoon that included a range of French enrichment activities. We all tasted some French food, KS1 children boarded a plane to France to experience French culture, whilst in KS2 children were building the Eiffel Tower.  Wherever you were in our school, you were guaranteed to be having some French fun!  

Year 3 French Enrichment Afternoon 2023. We had lots of fun speaking French, competing in a quiz, tasting French food and building the Eiffel Tower!

Presenting the Weather in France

La Fiestaval 2022

We had an amazing time when we performed at Greenbank High School for La Fiestaval; a celebration of languages involving lots of primary schools.  We used all our skills to entertain the audience with a sketch based on Paris Fashion Week.

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