St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School

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Modern Foreign Languages in KS2

French is taught on a weekly basis as we follow the concept that regular exposure to language rapidly improves the rate at which an understanding of language develops. We alternate between learning new vocabulary and applying it into conversational situations, which build year on year as our children move through KS2.

Languages Policy

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

October 2016


Purpose and aims

Through learning a language, we hope to broaden our children’s view of the world. We hope that it will deepen their understanding of diversity, not just across the globe and the French speaking world, but also within Britain and how diversity forms an integral part of who we are as a society. At St Patrick’s we aim to give children the opportunity to express themselves through both oral and written language, all the while keeping their learning relevant and practical.

By the time children leave year 6 they will:

  • Be able to speak with increasing confidence and fluency, find ways to express themselves by manipulating previously learnt phrases and vocabulary.
  • Be developing intonation and pronunciation to aid with fluency and understanding.
  • Be writing with increasing accuracy by manipulating grammatical structures.
  • Be developing an appreciation of the value of spoken languages and the diversity it brings.


Teaching and Learning

As a foundation subject, Languages will be taught on a weekly basis for around 40 minutes as a discrete subject. In addition, teachers will also embed the language in day to day classroom instructions and events, gradually building vocabulary throughout KS2.

We base our curriculum on the 2014 National Curriculum but divide it into two areas; Topic based language and Conversational language. Topic based language is focussed on the learning and practising of specific vocabulary, such as the weather, clothing or body parts. Conversational language focusses on the application of newly learned language to a previously learned conversational phrases and manipulating these based on grammatical structures. It is through a combination of the two that fluency and confidence will build.

Teachers at our school:

  • Identify the learning needs of their pupils
  • Plan creative Languages lessons with specific focusses and learning objectives.
  • Incorporate assessment for learning opportunities in to all languages lessons
  • Use formative assessment to inform future planning.
  • Plan lessons which allow use of both conversational and written language.

Children at our school:

  • Engage enthusiastically in their languages lessons
  • Identify areas for improvement in their own knowledge
  • Ask key questions to further their own understanding and vocabulary.

Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and cross curricular opportunities are provided along with links to other subjects.


Assessment and Tracking

Assessment is integral in order for our children to make progress. The following are examples of formative assessment in our school.

Formative, ongoing assessment

  • Opportunities for assessment identified on medium and short term plan.
  • Assessment relates to learning objectives and differentiated outcomes.
  • Feedback is given orally at the time of teaching.
  • Success is shared with the class at the time and children are encouraged to demonstrate good practice.
  • Open questioning to check children’s understanding.
  • Whole class/group/pupil discussion.
  • Other AFL strategies.

Tracking of progress in attainment

At the end of a topic teachers use formative assessments to judge children’s attainment. The progression of children is monitored within year groups through continuous formative assessment, which in turn relate to the specific year group content described in the curriculum overview provided by the Langauges co-ordinator.


Monitoring and Evaluating

The Languages co-ordinator is responsible for monitoring Languages through the school. This includes:

  • Ensuring continuity and progression from year group to year group
  • Providing all members of staff with relevant information, schemes of work and advice
  • Delivering INSET training to staff, where appropriate
  • Assisting with acquisition and maintenance of resources required for the teaching of Languages
  • Producing action plans
  • Carrying out book scrutiny
  • Carrying out pupil interviews
  • Implementing the new curriculum across all year groups


Health and Safety

In regard to Languages work in school all teachers are familiar with the' "Be Safe" safety booklet. Where appropriate reminders are given to children about potential hazards and care of the equipment they are using.

Any trips are planned with due regard to the school policy and risk assessments are completed.



At St Patrick’s school we have an identified governor for Languages.

The Languages governor visits the school regularly to talk with the subject leader. Informal lesson observations are also carried out by the Languages governor.

The Languages governor reports back to the curriculum committee on a regular basis.


Equal opportunities

At St Patrick’s Primary School we are committed to providing all children with an equal entitlement to scientific activities and opportunities regardless of race, gender, culture or class.

Rob Reid October 2016

The Action Plan 2016/2017

Development Priority: MFL (French)

Tasks or Activities


Costs / Courses etc





To improve the continuity and progression of French teaching across KS2.

  • Implement the new KS2 overview of curriculum coverage.
  • Pupil interviews to monitor the profression of vocabulary and application.
  • Book scrutiny to monitor the quality and progression of written language.

December 2016

Languages leader

Class teachers

E Jackson


To raise the profile of French throughout school

  • Celebrate Bastille Day 14th July as whole school French Day.
  • Ensure that every classroom has a French display with current topic vocabulary and work.

July 2017

Languages leader

Class teachers

E Jackson


To ensure high quality language teaching across KS2.

  • Staff to share good practice across school.
  • Regular feedback form staff to be sought and acted up on where possible.

December 2016

Languages leader

Class teachers

E Jackson