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Our French Curriculum at Thomas Harding Junior School


Our French Intent 

At Thomas Harding, the children are exposed to a challenging and ambitious Modern Foreign Languages curriculum which develops language fluency through increased focus on oracy. The curriculum has a core focus on vocabulary, which is built upon each year as the children progress through the school. We have created our own ambitious scheme of work, based on the Buckinghamshire County Council French scheme of work, which ensures progression throughout the years and meets the needs of our pupils at Thomas Harding.  In lessons, pupils are given opportunities to use and practise the target language through a variety of activities, songs and games, as well as exercises which develop their reading and writing skills.

  • Children who speak a second language are given the opportunity to build on their language skills and make links between the different languages (European and other).
  • The MFL curriculum exposes children to a wider range of languages, for example on International Day of Cultures when the children learnt some Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Urdu, Hindi and Swahili.
  • School values of ASPIRE are promoted in lessons to overcome barriers such as low aspiration and low resilience.
  • The MFL curriculum develops curiosity for other languages and cultures, as well as increases cultural capital for those who are disadvantaged and SEND who typically do not have access to experiences outside of school (for example visiting different countries).
  • MFL has many cross curricular links allowing the children to apply their knowledge in many contexts, for example in Religious Education when exploring culture.



  • All class teachers teach MFL to their classes each week.
  • Reviewed curriculum each year to ensure relevance and also a coherent progression of skills.
  • Speaking and listening activities to promote language fluency.
  • Vocabulary banks are used  to support learning.
  • Relevant and purposeful opportunities with cross curricular links (e.g. International Day of Cultures and teaching Japanese as part of Art Fortnight).
  • Written work is recorded in a variety of ways (e.g. comic strip, extended piece of writing, labelled images).
  • Teachers incorporate an MFL homework option in the ‘Pick n Mix’ homework grid, to encourage parental participation and support.
  • MFL staff meeting held regularly to share good teaching practice. Teaching ideas implemented by class teachers on a consistent basis as a result.
  • After school MFL club exposes children to a different language (German).


  • Monitoring through work scrutiny, assemblies and pupil interviews.
  • Pupil interviews – children recall exciting speaking and listening opportunities in lessons and our International Day of Languages.
  • Cross curricular links build cultural capital exposing children to a wider range of experiences.

Assessment for MFL to be introduced in 2020/2021 following the introduction of the reviewed curriculum.


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