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Melbourne Primary School

Melbourne Primary School Melbourne Primary School


The MFL Subject Leader is Hannah Hopkin


Discovering new words, exploring new cultures. 

Through the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages we intend to provide children with a gateway to other cultures, to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a multi-cultural community. We aim to grow children's confidence and curiosity when learning languages, building firm foundations for future language learning.  


At Melbourne, we intend to use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2. 

The intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements.   

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.  

Objectives include:  

  • Opportunity to apply their learning by saying words and creating simple sentences in another language; 

  • To recognise and read some key words and phrases; 

  • To write simple words and phrases, progressing to more complex sentences, some from memory; 

  • Develop an understanding of the order and patterns of another language; 

  • Gain an understanding of other cultures, showing an awareness of similarities and differences. 


At Melbourne we have chosen to teach French in KS2. MFL is taught in a whole class setting by the class teacher. Teachers plan their lessons using the Language Angels scheme of work and can supplement this with their own ideas and experience and those of their colleagues. 

The lessons are designed to motivate, captivate and interest children from the first moment. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult. Each lesson will focus on a combination of the 5 key language learning skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar).  

lessons include: 

  • Power Points and interactive whiteboard materials 

  • Interactive games (which pupils can access from home to consolidate their learning) 

  • Songs & raps  

  • Differentiated desk-based consolidation activities  

  • Worksheets (at three different levels of challenge) are provided throughout each teaching unit. 

Progression of Skills

Below you will find a document that maps the knowledge and the skills that the children will learn across Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2.  Please click the link below to be directed to this document.

MFL Long Term Plan

Below you will find the long term plan document across Key stage 1 and Key stage 2. This plan covers all of the skills and topics covered throughout the year. 


Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne, York, East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4QE
01759 318369
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