French and Modern Foreign Languages




French Intent Statement

At Smawthorne Henry Moore, our language curriculum is based upon Wakefield’s language scheme ‘La Jolie Ronde’. The aim for our children when learning a language is to give them a wider understanding of the world and provide them with the skills to be confident French speakers. Over the time they spend with us, we would like our children to achieve a depth of understanding in French that is developed as they progress through The Smawthorne Experience to equip children with the depth of knowledge they need to transition to Key Stage 3.

We aim to teach our children through a wide range of experiences that they will remember and take with them into later life. Children are encouraged to be inquisitive and take ownership of their own language learning through research and experiences such as French days, food tasting, visitors and dancing. Embracing the needs of all learners is something that, at Smawthorne Henry Moore, we regard as essential: children’s individual talents are recognised and celebrated. Through consistently high expectations, staff promote an in depth knowledge and understanding of modern foreign languages to promote diversity and British Values. The Smawthorne experience endeavours to give pupils a set of life skills that they can carry forward into their future.

Inspirational Quote:


"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

Nelson Mandela

Aims and Objectives:

 The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions and 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.
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.  
  • Foreign Languages become an integral part of the primary curriculum when children begin to access the Key Stage Two programme of study. However children are exposed to French from Year 1 onward through the allocation of an area of the classroom dedicated to our chosen Foreign Language and exposure to the language around school. 




Long Term Plan


As a school we follow the Wakefield Local Authority French Long Term Plan. This was written by an MFL specialist and is written in conjunction with the National Curriculum, 2014. The Long Term Plan ensures sequential progression and makes links to prior learning