Modern Foreign Languages

Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for MFL

At St Mary’s CofE Primary we focus on French as our core language offer. We want children to develop a curiosity and understanding of other languages and cultures to help to prepare them to be a global citizen – ready to take on the challenge of learning other languages in the future and visiting other countries. We want children to appreciate the cultural capital of other countries and to begin to communicate and express their ideas in French

Our MFL curriculum reflects our five school values.





In MFL, children will:

·         Listen respectfully

·         Empathise

·         Collaborate

·         Co-operate

The MFL curriculum will:

·         Help to promote children’s tolerance and mutual respect for other cultures


In MFL, children will:

·         Be kind and tolerant as we learn together

The MFL curriculum will:

·         Help children to explore identities and role as global citizens.


In MFL, children will:

·         Imagine

·         Problem solve

·         Find patterns

·         Make careful Observations

·         Ask questions

The MFL curriculum will:

·         Promote curiosity, problem solving and imagination when learning about French and other cultures.


In MFL, children will:

·         Be resilient

·         Persevere

·         Fail and try again

·         Give their best effort

The MFL curriculum will:

·         Offer challenges through first hand experiences.


In MFL, children will:

·         Question

·         Debate

·         Think about how they learn best

The MFL curriculum will:

·         Offer opportunities for children to think and empathise with other cultures.


Curriculum drivers for all curriculum areas:

Threshold concepts for MFL:

Communication so children will have the high-level vocabulary and skills to ask questions, explain their learning and communicate effectively through a wide range of media.

Challenge so children are self-motivated and willing to take risks; solve problems creatively, taking pride in their learning; and motivate themselves towards success and increasing independence.

Community so children will feel a sense of belonging as empathetic, respectful and supportive members of our immediate school environment as well as the global community.

·         Understand basic French grammar, including masculine and feminine and verb forms

·         To develop the skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening together

·         To appreciate the cultural capital of other countries



Although MFL is not part of the KS1 curriculum science. Children are given opportunities to listen, sing and watch a variety of material from different countries and to develop an awareness of different countries and cultures. MFL is taught discretely in Years 3 to 6 during a French lesson every two weeks.

We use plans developed by a MFL specialist teacher from a school within our MAT. The plans are separated into on-going learning which can be developed throughout the week with the class, such as greetings and a lesson that has a context. Separating the on-going language from the contexts allows the focus in regular language lessons to be on developing language learning skills and fundamental grammatical understanding. Repeating key structures and grammar across years enables these fundamental skills to become fully embedded over a period of time. Children are taught how to build sentences from the word go and become confident in their ability to manipulate the language. Teaching independent dictionary skills enables learners to expand their own vocabularies.


MFL lessons will provide opportunities for children to learn in a variety of ways, including collaboratively and practically.

We work with our neighboring high school and with other linguists from the community to run extra-curricular language clubs such as our Japanese Club and our German Club. We also make opportunities to perform poems or songs in other languages during our termly celebration events in church.


The impact of our MFL curriculum can be seen by talking to the children about their interest in this subject and seeing evidence in their files, on learning walls in classrooms and on displays around the school. We also make opportunities to perform poems or songs in other languages during our termly celebration events in church.

Teachers use formative assessment methods to identify children’s understanding such as speaking and listening tasks; writing tasks and discussion. Children’s attainment is updated on Target Tracker throughout the year and attainment steps are updated termly. This allows the class teacher and subject lead to monitor the progress of all children across the school.

MFL is monitored by the subject leader each term and the outcomes inform action planning and the SDP.  The MFL Leader meets with other MFL subject leaders from the MAT each term. The school was awarded the Bronze Linguamarque in 2018.