Strategic Lead of French: Mrs S Barker |

The intent of our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at Kirkburton Middle School is to develop confident, resilient language learners. Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and we aim to develop language learners with a strong awareness of the culture of French speaking countries. Our aim is for our students to have a sound understanding of French grammar, which includes the ability to apply it in new contexts. By the end of Year 8 we aim for our students to understand and use three tenses confidently and to be ready to progress to the next stage of their language learning.

The intent of our curriculum is implemented through the delivery of our knowledge rich curriculum. The MFL department has introduced the use of knowledge organisers which ensures that all pupils are aware of the grammar and vocabulary required for each unit. Knowledge organiser allow for work to be scaffolded and to provide home learning opportunities.

Units are taught using chunks of language and high frequency sentence patterns which are drilled with rigour before pupils practise their own spoken and written work. Pupils are encouraged to learn chunks of language to be committed to long-term memory . Skills and knowledge are revisited and language is recycled throughout the units. Retrieval activities have been introduced at the beginning of lessons to recycle language from previous units and years.

Scheme of Work

Year 6

Pupils have one French lesson per week and the aim is to build upon the experience and enjoyment of language learning that pupils have encountered in their First Schools.

Autumn Term

Talking About Yourself

  • Greetings, saying how you are, name, age. Focus on pronunciation.
  • Alphabet, months and days, saying when your birthday is, classroom instructions, summative assessment.
  • Christmas celebrations in France and Francophone countries.
Spring Term

Talking About Yourself

  • Pets, colours, brothers and sisters. Making nouns plural and introduction of adjectival agreement.

School Life

  • Describing what is in the classroom and what equipment we have/don’t have. Focus on masculine/feminine nouns.
  • Easter traditions in France and Francophone countries.
Summer Term

School Life

  • School subjects. Giving opinions of school subjects. Using conjunctions to link sentences.
  • Life in a French school.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Giving opinions about hobbies.

Year 7

In Year 7 we move to two lessons per week in French. As pupils have become more proficient in working in the first person in Year 6, we now move into using third person verbs and then gradually into all persons.

Autumn Term

Describing Our Family

  • Family members and adjectives to describe personality. Learning the different words for my and talking about how old other people are and what they are called.
  • Describing our appearance and that of others, expressing our opinion about family.
  • Christmas celebrations in France
Spring Term

Free Time

  • Giving opinions about hobbies about what we and others like to do. Focus on regular –er verbs.
  • Hobbies and interests of ourselves and others. Focus on the irregular verb “faire”.
Summer Term

My Home Life

  • Describing our homes and local area. Talking about what rooms we have in our house and where our village/town is located.

My Local Area

  • Describing where we live in more detail including hobbies in the house.

Year 8

Pupils continue to have two lesson per week of French. We prepare pupils for the skills and knowledge required in Year 9 and KS4. Our focus throughout the year is on giving justified opinions and using past, present and future tenses.

Autumn Term

My Local Area

  • Describing what there is/isn’t in our town/village, opinions of our area, what we do at the weekend.
  • Making arrangements to go out, telling the time and using the future tense.
Spring Term

My Teenage Life

  • Food and drink, café role play. Expressing opinions about food and saying whether we are healthy.
  • Describing what we wear and how we use technology. Past tense launch.
Summer Term


  • Countries, transport and accommodation.
  • Weather.
  • Past tense continued.
  • Holiday activities.
  • Using different tenses

French Documents


For the Council of Europe “language learning is a key component of education for democratic citizenship.” One of the aims of language teaching is to “prepare people to live in a multicultural society and to deal with difference knowledgeably, sensibly, tolerantly and morally; it also strengthens social cohesion, mutual understanding and solidarity (Council of Europe 1999)

In lessons, pupils are given the opportunity to consider the consequences, advantages and disadvantages of cultural issues relating to MFL, how people relate to each other and how an understanding of other languages can be helpful in understanding the opinions and reasoning of others as well as how language can change perceptions, opinions and can cause reactions.

The rule of Law

Through general discussions and study of texts in the target language, pupils gain a better understanding of rules and laws in Britain and in France. The implementation of the school’s behaviour policy within lessons enables pupils to recognise right from wrong and to respect the need for rules for a society to function.

Individual Liberty

Freedom of speech: pupils are encouraged to give their opinions when comparing aspects of culture in French-speaking countries with that of their own experience. For example: in year 6, pupils learn about differences and similarities in school-life; in year 7, there is comparison of food and of sporting activities in the French-speaking world; in year 8, there is consideration of the role of media in the lives of young people. If and when the opportunity arises, discussions around current events in France help them to understand the consequences of radical and extremist views and the implications of such actions (eg les gilets jaunes). At all times, students are reminded of the expectation of respect for others.

Mutual Respect

As the various topics that we study centre mainly around our pupils’ lifestyles, personality, identity, aspirations and family, we have to establish from the beginning in the classroom an atmosphere of trust and respect for each other. We try to use resources from a wide range of sources to help pupils to understand different cultures across the world.

Pupils must be able to share information about their background, their beliefs, or simply their way of life, safe in the knowledge that their peers will accept and respect them for the way they are. Pupils are encouraged to recognise an individual’s strengths and to support their development. They are also encouraged to embrace diversity and to treat each other with respect inside and outside the classroom.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

In French, we actively promote pupils’ understanding of their own culture through comparison with the cultures of French speaking countries around the world. Learning a different language is all about feeling comfortable in a different culture and being willing to understand and accept different sets of values, religious and otherwise. School trips in KS3 in Europe contribute greatly to promoting pupils’ understanding and acceptance of a different culture.

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