Northside Primary School

Northside Primary School - Achieving and celebrating success where every child matters


 At Northside School all children learn French in key stage 2 in weekly lessons.

The main objective of teaching a foreign language in primary school is to promote the early development of a child's linguistic competence.  We focus on enabling children to make substantial progress in one language. We also want to foster an interest in learning other languages and   introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun.

The focus of study in foreign languages is on practical communication.. Teaching provides a balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundation for learning other languages at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing. It focuses on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.


The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure all pupils learn to

  • 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

The curriculum

  • Pupils are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sounds and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the French language, such as feminine and masculine forms, key features and patterns of French, how to apply these .e.g. to build sentences and how these differ from or are similar to English.

French curriculum content overview for all year groups

For more information

French National Curriculum 2014