Modern Foreign Language at Bitterne C of E Primary


From September 2014, language learning has become a compulsory element of the national curriculum for children at Key Stage 2. At Bitterne C of E Primary, children start to learn French in year 3. They learn in their classrooms with their own teacher. We follow the suggested topics in the widely acclaimed Catherine Cheater scheme and other online resources, such as Twinkl and the BBC website.


The skills that the children will learn focus on listening, speaking, writing, reading and grammar. The children also look at the culture in France, for example looking at how Easter and Christmas are celebrated in France and the different types of foods commonly eaten in France.


Examples of vocabulary taught over the course of an academic year:


Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Numbers to 20

Simple questions and answers

French Food

Numbers to 100


French Culture research

Telling the time

Descriptive sentences


Months of the year

Numbers to 60

Expressions to show time

Days of the week

Numbers to 40

Asking and answering questions

Conversation in a French cafe

Classroom equipment

Celebratory phrases

Expressions to show emotions

French Culture

Parts of the body

Simple songs


Tourism in France


Progression for Modern Foreign Languages
Progression for MFL.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [46.6 KB]
Progression in French
Progression in French.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [43.2 KB]
Languages Policy
Languages Policy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [207.7 KB]

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