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Holly Mount Roman Catholic Primary School

Nurture, Encourage, Love

French Curriculum


We are Linguists!

At Holly Mount we are linguists! We want our children to love languages. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be interpreters, language teachers, translators and be able to work in other countries.


Children are very receptive to learning a new language. They are willing and able to mimic pronunciation without the inhibitions and self-consciousness of older students. They enjoy playing with the language and pick it up very quickly. International studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children. At Holly Mount we hope to promote confidence, curiosity and enjoyment in learning French.

Language learning is more than just learning to speak and write in a different language. Learning about festivals and traditions from countries where the language is spoken helps children appreciate other cultures so that they can take a place in our global society.

By showing children that language learning can be fun, pupils will approach secondary school language lessons with greater enthusiasm and anticipation.


French subject specific characteristics, which we expect the children to demonstrate, have been developed and shared. These characteristics underpin all work in French and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and children. These characteristics are:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

MFL Policy

French Sequence of Learning