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Our Vision for Modern Foreign Languages (French)

Our vision is that in offering modern foreign language teaching at Peterhouse, we will:

  • Meet the academic and spiritual needs of all learners through a curriculum that inspires children to be naturally curious about God’s creation.
  • Be a place where all can flourish, regardless of background or ability because, like St. Peter, everyone should have the opportunity of a fresh start.
  • Empower children to take responsibility within their communities and become courageous advocates for change.
  • Promote our school values (Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Respect, Trust, Hope).
  • Break down the following barriers to learning: Social and cultural, Language.

Our Aims for Modern Foreign Languages (French)

By the time a child leaves Peterhouse they will have had the opportunity to:

  • Become a valued member of a community where they are loved and cared for.
  • Experience a rich, varied and exciting French curriculum.
  • Make the most of their God given talents and be the best they can be.
  • Celebrate success and know what it feels like to be celebrated.
  • Develop a curiosity for God’s creation.


Learning a language means our children grow up with this understanding as their world-view is developing. It opens them to experiences, cultures and friendships that would otherwise be excluded to them. We want our children to have every opportunity for joy and enrichment. For this reason, French ast Peterhouse is fun and engaging.


For more detail on our vision, aims and intent, please see our Vision and Rationale for Teaching French and Policy:

How do we Deliver Modern Foreign Languages (French)?


All of our classes will have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in Modern Foreign Languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in Key Stage 2.


Our 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. Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units.


We have a unit planner in place which will serve as an overall ‘teaching map’ outlining for all teachers within the school what each class in each year group will be taught and when it will be taught. Each class in each year group will have an overview of units to be taught during the academic year to ensure substantial progress and learning is achieved. Each teaching unit is divided into 6 fully planned lessons:


· 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 desk-based activities that will be offered will three levels of stretch and differentiation. These may be sent home as homework if not completed in class.

· Reading and writing activities will be offered in all units. Some extended reading and writing activities are provided so that native speakers can also be catered for.

· Every unit will include a grammar concept which will increase in complexity as pupils move from Early Language units, through Intermediate units and into Progressive units.

· Extending writing activities are provided to ensure that pupils are recalling previously learnt language and, by reusing it, will be able to recall it and use it with greater ease and accuracy. These tasks will help to link units together and show that pupils are retaining and recalling the language taught with increased fluency and ease.


Our units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As our children progress though the lessons in a unit they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use.



Our Intended Coverage in Modern Foreign Languages (French)


Our French Curriculum facilitates progression for all our children and enables them to access all of the intended language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. The cyclical design of our intended coverage allows for commitment to and retrieval from long-term memory so that these become securely embedded.


For more detail on the progression of our curriculum, please see our curriculum coverage and progression documents.

Curriculum Design in Modern Foreign Languages (French)


We provide a varied Curriculum that affords our children access to a wide variety of opportunities to acquire and enjoy applying their French language learning through a range of contexts, from phonetics, introductions and cross-curricular linked themes. .


For more detail on the coverage of our curriculum, please see our Unit Planners

Alongside the materials we use in school, there are lots of fun interactive games for the children to practise French at home, which also provide the ideal opportunity for our parents/carers to play and learn along with them! Go to, click login and choose Pupil Games.

Assessment in Modern Foreign Languages (French)


Our children will know and will be able to articulate if they have or have not met their learning objectives and can keep their unit assessment sheets and unit core vocabulary sheets as a record of what they have learnt from unit to unit and from year to year.


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 will be 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. Teachers will be able to record, analyse and access this data easily using the Tracking and Progression Tool that will monitor school, class and individual progress in the foreign language.


Below is an example of an end of unit assessment.



Example assessment