Subject Leader – Jancis Poole


At Selside School, our Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is taught with a focus on oracy to help support the reading and writing of French. Learning another language helps open your eyes to another part of the world, so we make sure incorporate learning about French culture as well. Our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum fulfils the National Curriculum requirements and children are taught using resources including songs, action rhymes, poems, authentic French items, videos and using cross curricular links. The curriculum is planned to revisit and build-on previous learning, consolidating vocabulary and grammar throughout Key Stage 2. Our teaching enables all learners to gain the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, widen their horizons and give them the confidence to explore internationally as they grow older.


Children in Class 2 and 3 are taught French every week using the Cave languages programme. Classes follow a curriculum which develops their speaking, listening and comprehension skills. The emphasis is on fun, interactive tasks which help the children gain confidence in the language and ultimately prepare them for secondary school.

French Long Term Planning

Languages Assessment and Progression


Enrichment and culture capital

French has meaningful links to several other curriculum areas such as Maths, Art, Geography and History. Our core values play an important part in our MFL curriculum: promoting respect for other cultures and languages, learning a new language to improve communication, empathy and develop friendships and showing courage when speaking a new language. The children not only learn a new language, but learn about and have opportunities to experience elements of a different culture. In order to consolidate learning, key vocabulary is used in other curriculum areas.


We want our Pupils to become Linguists who have:

  • The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
  • Fluency in reading.
  • Fluency and imagination in writing.
  • A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
  • A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
  • The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
  • An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.