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MFL at Longcot and Fernham

The majority of MFL studied at Longcot and Fernham is in French although there is some Spanish taught as part of an extra-curricular club.

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages, Longcot and Fernham aims to ensure that all children:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt and mainly in the format of worksheets.

Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

A high quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world whilst also equipping them with the skills and confidence to interact within it, certainly within French speaking countries.

At Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life.

The teaching of French in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign languages teaching at KS3.


Children are introduced to French from KS1, predominantly through songs and receive a weekly exposure to the language throughout their time in KS1 based around basic vocabulary areas. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from or are similar to English.

In KS1 and KS2, each class has a timetabled lesson of 50 minutes per week which uses the Rigolo programme to develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing within the subject such that:

  • Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, as well as developing these skills.
  • Links have been made with other schools across the Faringdon Learning Trust for Language Taster Days which extend the most able pupils.
  • Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French that are delivered throughout the curriculum.


Children’s work is recorded in a French folder, which stays with the child as they move through the school. Knowledge is assessed using teacher assessment and through the Rigolo assessments programme.