This is a Good School

Ofsted says "Pupils achieve well and make good progress"

Teaching is good

"Teachers and TAs work together very well to support pupils' development."

Governance is strong

"Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school"

Pupils achieve well

"They make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics"

Pupils' behaviour is good

"They demonstrate high levels of respect and are considerate of each other's needs."

Teaching is good

"Teachers and TAs work together very well to support pupils' development."

Curriculum design is inspiring

"It is complemented by an extensive range of enrichment activities"

Pupils achieve well

"They make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics"

Pupils' behaviour is good

"They demonstrate high levels of respect and are considerate of each other's needs."

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Curriculum Intent

At Leighterton Primary School, we recognise that in an increasingly diverse society, languages are part of everyday life and it is essential that we equip our children with language skills to prepare for this. At Leighterton Primary School we teach French.

Our goal is for the children to be passionate, curious and confident about the French language. We aim to extend their knowledge of how language works and explore the similarities and differences between French and English. We will also help strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it with their own.

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and basic grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across Key Stage 2.

French is an important part of our school curriculum and we build on the skills developed previously and teach children the new skills that are required. At Leighterton Primary School, we teach MFL which supports all skills and objectives outlined in the National Curriculum.

The curriculum puts a clear emphasis on these areas of learning:

  • 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; seek clarification and help
  •  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
  •  present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  •  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 that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  •  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
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

Our aims are to:

  • Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for Languages at Key Stage 2
  • To encourage a love of learning langauges.
  • To develop an understanding of our diverse society and other cultures.

French Implementation 

At Leighterton Primary School we teach discrete whole class French lessons to develop knowledge, skills and understanding. Each objective is taught using a variety of resources, such as games, sound files, role-play, songs, stories and is normally an active lesson.

Topics taught are relevant to the children’s everyday lives and inculdes subjects such as classroom instructions, food, colours, holidays and hobbies.

In Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and KS1 teachers encourage the love of language by getting the children to answer the register in a range of languages, especially the home languages used by children in that class. 

Curriculum Impact

Having followed our French curriculum, children will leave Leighterton Primary School able to hold a simple conversation in French. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use simple French effectively. 

Through ongoing classroom assessment, the teaching team know which children have met or have not met the expected outcomes in French. Our curriculum is designed to be sequential building on areas worked on in previous years, allowing children to build on their previous skills and allowing peer to peer support across many areas of the curriculum.  Our expectations are high and we aim to equip children to use language throughout their lives academically and socially.