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Paston Ridings 
Primary School

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages are taught to all children in Key Stage Two via an interactive and fun curriculum. We see this as a way of promoting European awareness, as well as preparing the children for their secondary experiences in this area. We are currently using Language Angels. Learning a foreign language is part of the primary National Curriculum and is a requirement for all children within key stage 2 (KS2). Paston Ridings has adopted a whole school approach to the teaching of French to all KS2 pupils.

Our aim is to develop the confidence and competence of each child in the foreign language they are learning. 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


Year Three

Year 3 learn French and begin by looking at Classroom Commands, Colours, Days Of The Week, Maths Calculations, Months Of The Year and Numbers 1 – 100. They then move onto animals, musical instruments, Little Red Riding Hood. Lessons are very interactive and the focus is on oral work and games. Children will also begin to write words and short phrases in French.

Year Four

In year 4 the units taught are: Myself, My Family, Habitats, At the Classroom, At the Café and Goldilocks. Although there is still a focus on oral, interactive work, children will continue to write words and short phrases in French.

Year Five

Year 5 children learn about Pets, What is the Date, Weather, Clothes, The Tudors and The Olympics. Once again, the emphasis is on oral work with many games and role play situations. They will also continue to write in phrases and begin to write in sentences.

Year Six

The units for year six children are: verbs and grammar, School, The Weekend, World War Two, Healthy Lifestyles and The Planets. Again, whilst the emphasis is on oral, interactive work, the children continue to write phrases and more complex sentences.