“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.”
Roger Bacon

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
Nelson Mandela


Intent, Implementation and Impact




At Clifton Primary School we aim to instil a love of language learning and  an awareness of other cultures. We want pupils to develop the confidence to  communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French.  We use ‘Kapow Primary’s French scheme of work’ to support pupils to meet the National  curriculum end of Key Stage 2 attainment targets. 




The Kapow French scheme of work is designed with six strands that run throughout.  These are: 

  • Speaking and pronunciation 
  • Listening 
  • Reading and writing 
  • Grammar 
  • Intercultural understanding 
  • Language detective skills 


Our curriculum overview shows which of our units cover each of the National  curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands. 

Our progression of skills shows the skills that are taught within each year group and  how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the  end of Key Stage 2. 


Pupils are given opportunities to  communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines, balancing  opportunities for communication in both spoken and  written French, initially  on developing oral skills, before  incorporating written French as pupils move through to UKS2..  


French is planned on a  spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary  revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on  their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are planned throughout,  allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other  areas of their learning.


Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired  and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work.  Teaching focuses on developing what we term ‘language detective skills’  and developing an understanding of French grammar, rather than on committing to  memory vast amounts of French vocabulary. As well as French lessons, the learning is ‘dripped’ across the week, half term and beyond. Little and often is the best way to learn a new language – practice, practice, practice…


Learning is  monitored  through  both formative and summative assessment. 

The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary French scheme of work is that  children will: 

Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering  in a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion. 

Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and  short texts. 

Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation. 

Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding  appropriately. 

Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning. 

Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they  have learnt. 

Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to  use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages. 

Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics. 

Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the National  curriculum for Languages.



Our French ‘Curriculum Compass’


All the ‘elements’ of our French curriculum

Our French curriculum

French Progression of skills