Our French Intent

Across the BLP, schools electing to teach French follow the curriculum written by leaders and specialists across the trust. Staff in our schools hope that children become enthused language learners by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6, understanding that a little language can go a long way. We want pupils to appreciate the range of doors that learning a language can open, to understand that letter-sound correspondences vary between languages and to realise that speaking another language is not merely learning and swapping a huge list of words. We hope that children begin to see connections between English and other languages.

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'You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only speak one language, you only live once.'
- Czech Proverb

Learning a language, even just a few words, helps us to appreciate the cultures of others. In lessons, children have opportunities to present and perform. These are all skills that will benefit language learning later in life, even if children don't study French at secondary school.

At Kippax North Primary School, children in Key Stage Two learn French. Each class has a dedicated half hour slot per week. Children are encouraged to practise informally between lessons, and revision resources (videos and 100% sheets) are put onto class dojo for children to use before mini assessments, should they wish.

Our planning in French works on a ‘pass-to-progress model’. Year groups follow the plan for French prescribed by the BLP curriculum at the rate that is suitable for them, only moving on when they have mastered the content in that unit. During the academic year 2023-2024, we have made the decision to re-cover the fundamentals of the language to all year groups, even those who had some experience of French before, to ensure children are committing their learning to memory and have proportionate opportunities to read, write, speak and listen for each objective.

We devote as much time revisiting and revising previously learnt content as teaching new content. Our teaching involves using phonic strategies to ensure children pronounce words accurately and beautifully. Children have opportunities to practise the spelling and writing of key phrases as well as discussion. Often, we will introduce phrases with their literal translations (Did you know that the French say ‘I have ten years’ instead of ‘I am ten years old’?) so that children can understand how the language is constructed, which will help them manipulate and construct new sentences. 

Click here to view our long-term plan for French below. Note that it will develop over time to include more units as children become more familiar with the language.

100 Books to Read


Assessment in French most regularly takes place when revisiting content at distance. This happens each lesson. At the end of a unit children recap their learning for that block of learning and sit a mini summative assessment to inform future reteaching. Language learnt in one unit directly feeds into subsequent learning.