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Wooburn Green Primary School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Curriculum Intent

At Wooburn Green Primary School we intend to develop in our children an interest in learning other languages in an enjoyable and stimulating way. We would like to encourage a curiosity and an awareness of cultural differences, for our pupils to become more open and adaptable to new experiences and for them to have the skills and confidence to consider themselves as global citizens who belong in a multicultural and mutually respectful world. We also aim to provide a foundation for learning further languages, through the teaching of oracy skills.



Curriculum Content

We ensure that pupils have the full access to the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages. Please see the National Curriculum Links below:

Curriculum Implementation

Our French curriculum is mapped out to ensure a progression of skills and knowledge. We teach French through a range of topics and focus on the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and the culture of France.


For Years 3/4 we follow this scheme developed by Dr Rachel Hawkes: 


For Years 5/6 we follow this scheme developed by Dr Rachel Hawkes:

Skill Progression:


Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Understand a few familiar spoken words and phrases

Understand a range of familiar spoken phrases

Understand the main points from a spoken passage made up of familiar language

Understand the main points and some detail from a short spoken passage


Say and/or repeat a few words and simple phrases

Answer simple questions and give basic information

Ask and answer simple questions

Talk about personal interests

Take part in a simple conversation


Recognise and read out familiar words and phrases

Understand some familiar written phrases

Understand the main points from a short written text

Understand the main points  and some detail from a short written text


Write, copy or select simple words  and phrases

Write one or two short sentences with support

Begin to spell some commonly used words correctly

Write a few short sentences with support

Spell words that are readily understandable

Write a short text on a familiar topic adapting the language already learnt

Spell commonly used words correctly


Understand and respect that people speak a different language to my own and live differently from me

Identify similarities and differences in my culture to that of another

Respect and understand cultural diversity

Talk about, discuss and present information about a particular country’s culture



Our pupils enjoy learning French, which is evident through high engagement and enthusiasm in lesson observations and pupil voice. Children have an increased awareness of another culture and show they are ready to learn a new language when they move on to secondary school. We believe the children have a secure foundation to work from when they move to Key Stage Three and  continue to learn French but that they also have developed the skills and tools needed to learn a new language.



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