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St Swithuns CE Primary School



At St. Swithun’s our French curriculum fosters children's curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. 

We believe that learning a language has an important role to play in the preparation of our children’s futures, as it helps to develop confidence and raise cultural understanding and deepens their curiosity about the world around them. All children are provided with opportunities to explore French as a Modern Foreign Language through the skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, whilst meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.


At St. Swithun’s, we use the Kapow French scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a broad, vibrant and ambitious MFL curriculum from Years 3 to 6, that will inspire and excite our children. We use a wide variety of topics and themes whilst building on what children have previously learnt. Our children progressively develop skills in French through well-planned, weekly lessons using the Kapow Scheme of Work

The Kapow Scheme of work has six strands running through it:

· Speaking and pronunciation

· Listening

· Reading and writing

· Intercultural understanding

· Language detective skills

· Grammar

Children acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes. Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge are taught at all times to ensure children learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language they are learning. Our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work and may other creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.


Our French curriculum at St. Swithun’s School will ensure all children develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages that develops year on year.

Topics increase in their level of challenge as children move from Stage 1 (Year 3) through intermediate topics in Stages 2 and 3 and into the most challenging topics at Stage 4 (Year 6). By the time children reach Stage 4 topics, they will be exposed to much longer texts and will be encouraged to formulate their own, more personalised, responses based on a much wider bank of vocabulary, linguistic structures and grammatical knowledge. They will be able to create longer pieces of spoken and written language and are encouraged to use a variety of conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives, opinions and justifications. Children continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language-learning journey, as previous language is recycled, revised, recalled and consolidated, where appropriate.