Learning at St George's

Modern Foreign Language

In Modern Foreign Language we want our students to use their knowledge and growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and writing,

Key Skills

  • Oracy (listening and speaking)
  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Intercultural understanding

Our Vision

  • To become increasingly familiar with the sounds and written form of French;
  • To develop language skills and language-learning skills;
  • To understand and communicate in a new language;
  • To make comparisons between French and English and other languages;
  • To increase their cultural awareness and understanding by learning about different countries and their people;
  • To foster positive attitudes towards foreign language learning;
  • To celebrate the breadth of languages spoken in school
  • To use their knowledge and growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and writing;
  • To form a basis for further study at middle school and beyond

With two cross-cutting strands that support teaching and learning and are important stepping stones

  • Knowledge About Language
  • Language Learning Strategies

Early Years also enjoy finding out about countries and languages through 3 key strands

  • Understanding of the world
  • People and communities
  • The world


  • Active learning through games, actions and songs
  • Language embedded in class routines and school life throughout the day
  • A varied input of language through videos, spoken word, ICT, books, stories and songs
  • Awareness of other cultures, countries and languages through Multi-Cultural Week

Celebrating festivals

Year 3

  • To develop listening skills and phonological awareness
  • To listen and respond to simple stories, rhymes, songs and phrases
  • To understand simple instructions and praise words
  • To recognise simple words in written form
  • To write simple words from a model and experiment with writing from memory
  • To communicate with a simple range of words and phrases
  • To recognise negatives
  • To identify social conventions at home and in other countries
  • To recognise that different languages are spoken around the world

Year 4

  • To listen for specific words and phrases
  • To listen for sounds, rhymes and rhythm
  • To listen to and read short, familiar text and read and understand a range of familiar written phrases
  • To ask and answer questions on different topics
  • To memorise and present a short spoken piece
  • To write familiar words and phrases using a model and words from memory
  • To recognise questions, word classes and apply simple agreements
  • To know about some aspects of everyday life and compare them to their own
  • To use and apply phonic knowledge
  • To identify and compare writing and narrative forms with English