Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together


At Hayesdown Primary School our chosen language for MFL teaching is French. We believe that MFL should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for MFL, which should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to begin express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and begin to respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes e.g. a conversation with another children from a different country

The aims of teaching Modern Foreign Languages in our school are 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
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

Our MFL curriculum links with our school’s REACH values in the following ways:

RESPONSIBLE: Children develop a sense of responsibility for understanding about other cultures and languages
ENTHUSIASTIC: Children engage in practical and oral activities that enable them to communicate in a new language
AMBITIOUS: Children learn new vocabulary and begin to learn how to write and spell in a different language
CONFIDENT: Children develop confidence to speak in front of other, practising the pronunciation and intonation required
HAPPY & HEALTHY: Children feel happy knowing that they can express themselves in a new way


The yearly overview for MFL – French can be found here: French Curriculum Overview

The MFL progression model can be found here: MFL progression model


Reading at the Heart of our Curriculum

French supports our school’s aim to place ‘reading at the heart of the curriculum’ by comparing words, phrases and sentences in English with their French equivalents. It allows us to understand what the word means and gives up a clearer path to learning French vocabulary. It helps us to decode French vocabulary which helps with our pronunciations and fluency is trying to speak the language.