MFL - French


We aim to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French with both confidence and spontaneity. 

Through the Kapow Primary scheme of work, we aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages, developing a strong understanding of the English language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future.

Kapow Primary’s scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets outlined in the national curriculum. 


Kapow Primary’s French scheme of work is designed with six strands that run throughout.  These are: 

  • Speaking and pronunciation 

  • Listening 

  • Reading and writing 

  • Grammar 

  • Intercultural understanding 

  • Language detective skills 

Kapow Primary’s national curriculum mapping shows which units cover each of the  National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands. The Gerrans curriculum document also shows this.

Kapow Primary’s progression of skills and knowledge shows the skills and knowledge that are  taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that  attainment targets are securely met by the end of Key Stage 2.  

Through Kapow Primary’s French scheme, pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. The scheme provides balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond. 

The Kapow Primary scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on  their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included throughout our French units, allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning.

Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired  and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work.  Our scheme of work focuses on developing what we term ‘language detective skills’  and developing an understanding of French grammar, rather than on committing to  memory vast amounts of French vocabulary. Differentiated guidance is available for  every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all. In order to help pupils retain their French learning, we provide information about how to  incorporate French into the classroom environment every day in our ‘During the  week’ sections. 

Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to be able to deliver a highly effective languages curriculum. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to  develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. Kapow has been created with  the understanding that many teachers do not feel confident delivering the full  languages curriculum and every effort has been made to ensure that they feel  supported to deliver lessons of a high standard that ensure pupil progression. Lessons  include a section entitled, 'Teacher knowledge - language points' to explain key  grammar and other details to the teacher before the lesson, together with a Key  vocabulary and pronunciation presentation with sound files to demonstrate the  correct pronunciation. Many of the other presentations included in the lessons also  include sound files, supporting teachers who are less confident with their own  pronunciation to deliver the lesson and support the children's learning. 

French is taught on a frequent basis at Gerrans Primary School (with approximately six lessons per half term). French, as outlined in the national curriculum, is taught to children in KS2 only. 


The impact of Kapow Primary’s scheme can be monitored continuously through  both formative and summative assessment. Each lesson includes guidance to support  teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives.

After the implementation of Kapow Primary’s French scheme, pupils should leave school  equipped with a range of language-learning skills to enable them to study French, or  any other language, with confidence at Key Stage 3. 

The expected impact of following Kapow Primary’s French scheme of work is that children will: 

  • Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering in  a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion. 

  • Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts. 

  • Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation. 

  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately. 

  • Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning. 

  • Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt. 

  • Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages. 

  • Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics. 

  • Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Languages.