Modern Foreign Languages

At Great Tey, we teach French as a modern foreign language in Key Stage 2.  Our French curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, and aims to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of another language so that they can communicate confidently in speech and writing. Our French curriculum aims to inspire children to feel able to express their thoughts and ideas in a different language.  It aims to improve their confidence to travel to new countries and cultures, safe in the knowledge that they will be able to ask for what they need, and to encourage them to learn other languages in future.

We use a variety of resources to support our teaching and learning in French, including Salut! and Duolingo.              

Please read on below to find more information on what we teach, how we teach it and how we ensure we are creating confident French speakers and writers!

Why do we learn a modern foreign language?

We are creating linguists of the future by:

  • developing children's interest in, and curiosity about, the world around them and its cultures and languages
  • holding a French Day every year to increase children's enjoyment and understanding
  • ensuring children have confidence to communicate in a different language, making their thoughts, feelings and needs known in speech or writing
  • revisiting key skills and knowledge across Key Stage 2 to ensure children's understanding and knowledge of French is embedded and can be used to compare different contexts
  • equipping children with the knowledge of French they need to hold conversations and increase their knowledge of people from other cultures
  • introducing children to the wide range of jobs people can do if they can speak more than one language and nurturing their ambitions to work in language-based jobs in the future, contributing to their communities and the wider world

What do we learn?

Whole School Curriculum Map

Our Whole School Curriculum Map for MfL can be found here:  Year A       Year B.                                      It shows how different language skills will be developed over your child's time at Great Tey. 

(To decide which year we are in, Year A or B, please think back to September - if it was in an 'odd' year - 2023, 2025 - we are in Year A; if it was in an 'even' year - 2022, 2024, we are in Year B.)

Class Maps 

Please see below for our Class Maps, which give further information on vocabulary and skills development in your child's class. 

Click on your child's class below for French Cycle A covering the year 2023-2024 



Click on your child's class below for French Cycle B covering the year  2022-2023 / 2024-2025




 What does our learning in modern foreign languages help us to do?

- develop our understanding of the world around us

- ask and answer questions, developing our ability to confidently hold conversations

- develop our vocabulary, and make links between French vocabulary and English vocabulary

-  make connections between our lives and lives of people in other countries and cultures

-  prepare for our future, whether working in a language-based career or continuing to develop our interest in French and France through reading, travel, art, music.