At St Anselm’s, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language in enjoyable and stimulating ways, which foster children's curiosity and give them the confidence to use their newly-learned language skills. We aim to provide a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils, whilst also providing opportunities to build upon their personal and social skills within our Rainbow Curriculum.



In Key Stage 2, all children cover a comprehensive French unit of work each term. Our school follows the Salut! scheme of work: a fully mapped out programme which progressively develops language skills across the year groups, focusing on areas which are relevant to the children’s lives. We have selected the Salut! programme as it appeals to a range of different learning styles, offering our children opportunities to learn French through active participation in actions, rhymes, songs, stories, interactive games and many other creative ways to extend, embed and combine their language skills. Key skills and knowledge for French have been mapped across Key Stage 2 to ensure progression across year groups. The programme of study contains 12 statements covering the full four years of study. These statements have been broken down into four strands:


  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing



Our French curriculum ensures all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:


  • 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.
  • Integrate practical words and phrases into everyday language within the classroom, giving the learning of language a clear purpose and providing plenty of opportunities to practise and refine their new language skills.
  • 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.