Statement of Intent

At Barley Mow Primary School, we are keen to promote the study of a foreign language in depth (French), and to develop interest and a positive attitude to learning languages in general. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Children learn to appreciate different countries, cultures and communities and people. We are conscious that the ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Our school bases the core work in French around the National Curriculum which 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.
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

MFL National Curriculum

French Policy

French LTP



Les Animaux

Year 3 have been learning how to say 10 animals in French. They have been listening to examples and copying the sounds. We learned how sounds in French can be different to ones in English. We applied our knowledge to spelling tasks and reading tasks. The children were...

À l’école

In French this term, the children in Year 6 have been developing their knowledge of vocabulary linked to school subjects. They have learnt key words and carried out a listening challenge to identify key information. The children have also written complex sentences in...

Fab French in Five!

Year 5's Autumn French unit, "As-tu un animal?" (Do you have a pet?) has taught us how to discuss which pets we do and don't have. This week we used vocabulary from previous years to give a presentation about ourselves, stating our name, age, the type and name of our...

Fantastic French

The children in Year 3 have been practising greetings and questions in their French lessons. They can now have a short conversation with each other by saying hello, asking and answering how they are, asking and what their names are and goodbye. The children were then...

KS1 French Club 2023

Years 1 and 2 are enjoying an introduction to the French language and culture at French Club. Here we are having great fun dancing, as we learn French numbers and creating pointillism pictures of the Eiffel Tower in the style of Georges Seurat. We can’t wait to try...

Year 6 French

Year 6 have had fun learning about hobbies and interests during their French lessons. They played interactive games to help them with the pronunciation and spellings of the words.

Year 5 French

In French we’ve been learning to say the date, here we are playing number bingo.

French Families

In French this term, Year 4 are learning about families. They recapped the words for each member of their family today, while focussing on the different articles in French for ‘the’.

Do you like fruit?

In our French lessons in Year 3, we have been finding out how we say the names of different fruits in French. We have gone on to learn how we can use 'J’aime' to say 'I like' and 'Je n’aime pas' for I do not like.

French Club

Year 1 and 2 have really enjoyed taking part in a range of activities in French Club this half term. We’ve learned to count to ten, designed family trees, produced Eiffel Tower artwork, made flags, tasted French food and cooked delicious crepes.