An appreciation of both the country and the culture of our chosen language is a key part of teaching MFL at Orleans Primary. French is taught once a week by a specialist teacher, but children are encouraged to practise their language skills on an ongoing basis, even at home, where they have to complete termly French homework. In school, they have access to a wide range of resources such as dictionaries, flash cards and bilingual books, which enables them to acquire language and challenge themselves. We recognise and celebrate French throughout the school year during assemblies, special days and celebration of native speakers in our school community.  

In KS1, children are introduced to French and are taught the basics of the language through songs and interactive activities. Children learn to introduce themselves, how to count and learn basic classroom commands in French. Not only do children learn about the language, but they are introduced to French culture and learning about France. By the end of KS1, children can engage in simple conversations with classmates and teachers.

French in KS2 continues to be taught through interactive activities and children realise the value of learning a second language. Children look at areas of language that can be used when visiting France such as weather, money and food and drinks. Celebration of French culture continues and children explore various festivals and traditions. All children make good progress of skills and knowledge both in spoken and written French. By the end of Year Six, children are confident in their language skills and ready for the next chapter in their learning.


Orleans Primary School, Hartington Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3EN