Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School






All pupils at Appleby Primary School have the right to a rich and deep learning experience, which includes learning the basics of an additional language. The study of Modern Foreign Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world, in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.

Language learning provides liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. Children are able to use language skills in the real world, and can begin to understand the patterns of a language and how these differ from or are similar to English.

Pupils use language to communicate information responsibly and creatively; learning how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures across our school and wider demographic. In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language, and the building blocks which form this. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased capability in the use of languages can also promote initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.  


We teach a curriculum, based on the 'ILanguages' scheme of work, that enables our pupils to become effective users of language, and show an understanding and respect of different cultures in our local, national and global communities. Through the teaching of French at Appleby Primary School, we aim to:  

  • Ensure every child has the opportunity, throughout Key Stage 2, to study French as a foreign language. 
  • Develop their interest in the culture of other nations, communities and beliefs. 
  • Ensure pupils have access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities.  
  • Ensure pupils have exposure to simple commands including day-to-day French language, including days, months, numbers and classroom instructions.  
  • Ensure pupils develop an increased wider cultural understanding through our enriched and varied curriculum to which languages contribute.   
  • Provide language informed by the National Curriculum and the skills expressed in this: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.  



French is taught throughout Key Stage 2 through daily use of everyday language and classroom instructions, through short songs, role plays and activities, and through lessons focusing on particular themes, grammar or vocabulary.

As part of the planning process, teachers are provided with the following:   

  • Intent, Implementation and Impact Statements
  • A long-term plan mapping coverage of the national curriculum
  • Vertical Concept Maps for Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
  • Access to the ILanguages scheme of work and resources
  • Access to additional resources from Lightbulb Languages


Teachers then develop and incorporate:

  • Unit plans focusing on key themes, incorporating grammar and vocabulary
  • A sequence of learning which follows the Rosenshine Principles of Instruction
  • A cycle of lessons, which carefully plans for progression and depth 

Learning is revisited and applied through:

  • Daily use of French for classroom language and daily routine
  • Use of song and role play




Our MFL curriculum is fun and enjoyed by learners, well-resourced and planned to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 2. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:  

  • Pupil voice – discussions with small groups of pupils about their learning
  • Staff voice – professional discussions, coaching, questionnaires
  • Learning walks – to monitor the learning ethos and delivery
  • Book scrutiny – to establish quality and detail of teaching and learning
  • Governor challenge – to monitor specific subject areas


Our MFL curriculum is planned in a way that generates interest and excitement about learning the French language which will support our children to shine as tolerant and unprejudiced adults in our diverse and vibrant world. Our MFL curriculum is planned in a way that promotes cultural understanding and cultural capital for all children. Children will be exposed to a wide range of experiences that will enhance their skills and provide them with knowledge. This will be delivered through the use of French themed days/evenings/events where our children can experience French music, food, dance and traditions, and through the use of links with other schools in French speaking countries and beyond.

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