St Columba's RC Primary School

We are Companions on a Journey

Ripley Street, Bolton, Lancashire BL2 3AR

0120 4333421

Modern Foreign Languages

MFL at St Columba’s

French is taught weekly across KS2. All classes from years 3-6 have one French lesson per week taught by a specialist MFL teacher. French is a common foreign language taught in all secondary schools so skills and knowledge taught at primary level can be built upon at the next stage of education.


Through the teaching of French we hope to reflect the National Curriculum’s belief that we can ‘liberate our children from insularity’ and provide an interest and awareness of other cultures. Through learning another language, children learn to walk in another person’s shoes. They learn that other people may not see the world in exactly the same way that they do. By learning about traditions in others countries they develop an awareness of cultural differences in other countries to our own making them respectful and tolerant of others. They expose themselves to the way other people think, and therefore learn a lot more about themselves.

We hope to foster our pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through the experience provided by learning another language.

Pupils should be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, whilst understanding, and responding to, its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We intend to provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the foreign language. We hope that, by learning a language, our children will be inspired to learn further languages thereby equipping them with the means to widen their horizons.


All pupils in years 3-6 receive a weekly lesson of French delivered by a specialist MFL teacher.

The Scheme of Work followed is based primarily on Lightbulb Languages. It covers all of the National Curriculum Programs of Study and all skill areas- listening, speaking, reading and writing are covered within each topic taught.Children work independently, in pairs and in groups. They learn through songs and rhymes, stories and games, aiming to engage all pupils and recognising that not all pupils will learn in the same manner hence catering for different needs. Sticky learning quizzes have been written and are now available to use as revision of previous topics covered.

Assessment sheets are completed by both pupils and teacher to show achievements and progress made at the end of each topic taught.

Knowledge organisers are available for each unit of work as a quick overview and revision guide for the children of their learning.


Pupils enjoy learning French at St Columba’s. They are always on task and engaged. Revision routines are embedded at the start of each lesson, during which pupils are questioned in the TL on previous work. The children listen to each other and learn from each other, and in doing so gain in confidence and gain the skills they need in order to communicate in French.