Developing Language and Culture…


It is our intent at St Barnabas Trust to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), which develops their love of learning about other languages and cultures. Our current MFL taught is French, however we strive to provide children with opportunities to experience a range of other languages. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written French, confidence to speak in French with others and know how important other languages can be in their future.



Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop not only our children’s language skills, but also their love of learning a language. It progressively develops language skills, through regularly taught lessons. This allows the children to acquire new language then use and apply it in a range of different scenarios and topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As their confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. All children in KS2 will have regular language lessons with their class teacher.

Annually we will celebrate European Day of Languages in September and follow a theme for that day. We will celebrate other cultural festivals such as Mardi Gras and 14th Juliet ( Bastilles day).


Our MFL curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures.

These are as follows:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

Pupil voice is also used to further develop the MFL curriculum. This will be achieved by the use of MFL student ambassadors.

Below you will find a long term overview of Modern Foreign Languages learning from 2022 – 2023.

This year, 2021 – 2022, all year groups are focussing on the understanding of basics in French as follows:

Autumn 1: French Culture (Where France is, which other countries speak French and how festivals are celebrated)

Autumn 2: Greetings, Numbers to 30, Asking and Responding to Questions in French and Christmas in France

Spring 1: All About Me, including family members, Parts of the Body and Colours

Spring 2: French traditions during Easter, Days of the Week and Months of the Year, Recap and review

Summer 1: Animals, Where I live, Recap and Review

Summer 2: Holidays, Food, Recap and Review

Termly Overview 2022 - 2023 - Key Stage 2 Languages

Year 3Greetings

Numbers 1- 10 Classroom instructions
Classroom instructions

NOEL Christmas


French cafe

Days Months SeasonsHolidays French Geography

Asking simple questions
Year 4Revision of year 3

Numbers to 20

NOEL Christmas
Asking simple questions VerbsAll about me

Description of self


French animals
Holidays Leisure activities What I like to do on holiday
Year 5Revision French culture / peopleFood and drink

French markets
NOEL Christmas
Asking directions French High streetLocal area

French cooking

Holidays Paris At a French restaurant
Year 6Revision

French famous people
All about me

NOEL Christmas
School subjects Write simple sentencesLikes and dislikes

Where I liveSports events