Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Overview


The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • 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.


At The John Moore Primary School, we are committed to

fostering an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and fun. We aim to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and to encourage the children to be aware that language has a structure that differs from one language to another. In our diverse multi-cultural society, we aim to utilize the many positive opportunities to be found, to help the children develop their awareness of cultural differences within their own and other countries. As part of their studies, the pupils will develop their speaking and listening skills as a foundation for   future study and to extend language teaching beyond their mother tongue.

Through our teaching of MFL in school (Spanish in KS1 and French in KS2), we aim for children to be able to build on three strands of teaching and learning: Oracy, Literacy and Intercultural Understanding.

These three strands will enable the children to be able to:

  • Listen and respond to questions using correct pronunciation and grammar
  • Memorise and recite familiar words and phrases (including rhymes, songs and stories)
  • Interpret meaning by picking out familiar words;
  • Read and write familiar vocabulary building up into short phrases and sentences including the use of dictionaries to find new words
  • Communicate with each other in French in pairs or groups
  • Recognize similarities and differences between countries and cultures