Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

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School Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BZ


01433 650434

Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School


 Mrs Dunne and Mrs Jackson teach French at Hathersage St. Michael's CE (A) Primary School


The MFL Policy at Hathersage St. Michael’s CE (A) Primary School is designed to reflect the primary MFL entitlements.

At Hathersage St. Michael’s CE (A) Primary, there is a belief that the acquisition of a language is part of a broader curriculum involving language and culture.

We believe that the skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a new language make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others.

Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children’s ideas in this area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.

Language teaching at Hathersage St. Michael’s CE (A)  Primary School intends to provide opportunities for the children to:

• Foster an interest in learning other languages.
• Have fun.
• Understand that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one  language to another.
• Develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
• Develop their speaking and listening skills.

 French is based on The National Curriculum requirements, using Focus Education publications to create a curriculum appropriate to the needs of our children.


Hathersage St. Michael’s CE (A) CE Primary School provides French language learning in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Three mixed age classes in KS2 have a 1 hour MFL lesson which is taught on a weekly basis. This is supplemented by additional activities to support French e.g. Calling the Register in French, greetings in French & giving instructions & asking questions in French. Similar activities are being introduced into KS1. 

A variety of language teaching methods are used to match groups and individuals with different learning styles, these include games, active participation in rhymes, songs and stories, video clips, outdoor learning, role-play, dictionary work, book making, use of a range of media and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.

The lessons are made as entertaining and enjoyable as possible, as we realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude in the children to the learning of modern foreign languages.

At Hathersage St. Michael’s CE (A) CE Primary School, there is a clear progression of skills and understanding that builds through the Key Stage based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study ( see document below).

The Subject Leader uses Focus Education documents to enable a clear year-on-year acquisition of key knowledge as well as skills built around our cultural capital, local needs and the needs of our children. This helps them to progress in knowing more, remembering more and being able to do more in French.

Teachers plan lessons with access to Rising Stars, Lightbulb Languages and Catherine Cheater Schemes of Work, all of which are adapted to meet the needs of our own children. Details of the topics covered can be found below in our overview. French is taught by two French speaking staff members to best utilise our skills and talents and provide the children with competent, confident MFL teaching.

Planning takes account of prior leaning and builds on this. At each stage, the teacher will refer to prior learning and carry out informal assessment of children’s stage of development before moving on.


The intended impact of the MFL Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. (At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessment linked to the progression in skills document)

In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:

  • are inspired by the MFL Curriculum and want to learn more.
  • show the progression in their skills, knowledge and understanding in their oral skills, evidence gathered from activities and the work in their books.
  • can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.
  • learn about the country France and French speaking countries across the world including what it is like to live in these countries.

Have Fun!

Click on the French Fun website below to practise some French and play some games.

 French Fun!