Chesham Bois CE School


French Intent

At Chesham Bois CE School, the children are exposed to a challenging Modern Foreign Languages curriculum which develops language fluency through increased focus on oracy. The curriculum has a core focus on vocabulary, which is built upon each year as the children progress through the school. We have created a scheme of work, linked closely to the expectations in the National Curriculum, which ensures progression throughout the years and meets the needs of our pupils. In lessons, pupils are given opportunities to use and practise the target language through a variety of activities, songs and games, as well as exercises which develop their reading and writing skills.


The aims of our French curriculum are:  

To develop the confidence and competence of each child in the foreign language they are learning (French). Our goal is for them to be passionate, curious and confident about their own foreign language learning abilities when they finish the primary school phase of their education.


We will help them develop and demonstrate substantial progress in the 5 key language skills necessary for learning French:


  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar


We aim to ensure that pupils of all abilities develop solid foundations in these key language learning skills - properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning journey. These skills will develop children’s ability to understand what they hear and read and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing. We will extend their knowledge of how language works and explore the similarities and differences between the foreign language they are learning and English. We will also help strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it with their own.


In the past, French has not been a priority at Chesham Bois CE School; however we are working hard to change this as we are aware of the huge benefits language learning can provide.


French Implementation


Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French; lessons ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Teachers ensure development is progressive as lessons build on previous knowledge from units already studied. French is taught in a whole-class setting by the class teacher and is therefore not reliant on one key member of staff. 


The lessons are designed to motivate, captivate and interest children from the first moment. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.


Each class has a timetabled lesson of at least thirty minutes per week.


French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained.


French lessons include:


  • PowerPoints and interactive whiteboard materials
  • Interactive games
  • Songs & raps
  • Differentiated desk-based consolidation activities
  • Worksheets (at three different levels of challenge) are provided throughout each teaching unit


Each lesson will focus on a combination of the 5 key language learning skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar).