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Modern Foreign Languages

Statement of intent

It is our intent at Etttington to provide all children with high quality education in Modern Foreign Languages. As a school, we aspire to live out God’s plan for all to flourish and believe in providing our children with varied opportunities to use and develop the gifts they have been blessed with, to ensure they embrace “Life in its fullness” (John 10:10). We encourage children to develop their love of learning languages and cultures through an interesting and varied programme, enabling children to have a better understanding of the world.

To ensure we provide the best possible education, we follow the National Curriculum for languages which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language
  • Speak with increasing confidence and fluency
  • Write for different purposes and varying length


The implementation of French teaching at Ettington is organised by a clear scheme of work which is in line with the National Curriculum and includes challenges for children working at age related expectations. French is taught in year 3-6 by a professional language teacher who visits once a week on a Wednesday.  Children are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills in every lesson through conversational work, songs and stories.

French is monitored by the subject leader throughout all year groups, by talking to the children through pupil voice, looking at books or by talking to staff. We also measure impact through learning walks and routine lesson observations.


Children enjoy learning French and are interested and excited by the diversity of language culture. They learn to converse in French, saying several phrases with increasingly confidence as they move up the years. They will also be able to understand basic grammar, including masculine and feminine and plural forms as well as being able to attempt accents.


Within the French curriculum, the children will develop a range of vocabulary and during subsequent years this vocabulary will be built upon. The foundations are laid for further foreign language study at KS3 and beyond.