Kirkdale St Lawrence C of E Primary School

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Languages at Kirkdale St. Lawrence

Here at Kirkdale St Lawrence we enjoy learning foreign languages and our school focuses on the teaching of French, in KS2. We are lucky enough to have a fantastic Language Assistant to deliver exciting and interactive weekly lessons. During our lessons, we use a variety of techniques to develop our speaking and listening and reading and writing of the French language, including games, role-play and songs. Even though learning a foreign language is not compulsory in EYFS and KS1, we do have some French 'taster days' and we encourage learning about different countries and cultures when celebrating European Language Day during our International Festival held in school yearly.


At Kirkdale St Lawrence Primary School, we believe that the learning of a Foreign Language (FL) provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils; we have chosen to deliver French as our FL as we believe it to provide a constructive and meaningful start to their language learning journey. As part of the primary National Curriculum, all Key Stage 2 pupils are entitled to foreign language learning in school time. Kirkdale recognises the value of this and provides age-appropriate Primary Language learning opportunities for all children in Years 3 – 6. 

 Learning another language helps children to develop their ability to communicate; including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. Immersing our pupils in language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enrich the overall teaching and learning experience. Therefore we aim to build the children’s awareness of cultural differences to all children including Key stage 1 through cultural themed weeks.

Speaking and listening intentions:

Reading and writing intentions

Intercultural understanding

The children will learn to:

·       listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding;

·       explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words;

·       engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help;

·       speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures;

·       develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases;

·       appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.

The children will learn to:

·       read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing;

·       broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary;

·       write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

·       describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing;

·       understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English

The children will learn to:

·       describe the life of children in the countries where the language is spoken;

·       identify similarities and differences in everyday life, social conventions, traditional stories and celebrations;

·       recognise how symbols, products and objects can represent the culture of a country, and how aspects of the culture of different countries become incorporated in the daily life of others;

·       recognise and mistrust stereotypes, and understand and respect cultural diversity.

·       appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.



Organisation and delivery of MFL

At Kirkdale we endeavour to integrate language learning into everyday school life, with teachers, teaching assistants and children using and experimenting with their knowledge of different languages whenever the opportunity arises. We are lucky to have a Language Assistant (LA) from the Local Authority who fosters a problem-solving approach, giving children opportunities to work out language use for themselves in a supportive context where risk-taking and creativity are encouraged, and there is an emphasis on having fun with language through multi-sensory teaching that meets the needs of all pupils regardless of their ability with ICT being used regularly to enhance teaching and learning.


There are four main contexts in which language teaching and learning take place in Kirkdale St Lawrence:


1       Discreet Lessons


During MFL lessons (30 minute weekly sessions with LA and incidental learning during the school week) children are taught specific skills, concepts and vocabulary.


2      Embedding Language


Where appropriate, teachers give children opportunities to practise their foreign language in the context of lessons in other subject areas.  For instance, some instructions may be given in another language; or children may count in another language while carrying out a numeracy activity.  This acts to reinforce the vocabulary and structures they have learned.


3      ‘Incidental’ Language


Languages are part of the day to day life of the school.  For example, teachers use the foreign language to give simple classroom instructions, to ask questions and to take the register. Children are encouraged to respond using the language they have learned, and sometimes teachers and pupils develop new language skills together, teachers acting as role models in the learning process.


4      Intercultural understanding and International Dimensions


Primary Languages provides a basis for teaching and learning about other cultures, and this is incorporated into many areas of the curriculum including PSHEe, geography, RE, DT, music, art and dance.  Efforts are made to ensure that teaching material across the curriculum includes a ‘flavour’ of the countries where the focus language is spoken with events to celebrate the language being learned and cultures within our school. Some classes will have the opportunity to make a class link to a school in France where children will develop their understanding of said language and culture through pen pals.




  • Children will become confident to engage in simple conversations and will have an awareness of the vocabulary and language needed in a variety of situations.
  • They will have an understanding of simple French language which will form the basis of future work to be undertaken in Key Stage 3.
  • The children will have an awareness of intercultural understanding with respect to languages represented at Kirkdale St Lawrence.
  • Children will have gained a clear insight into similarities and differences between themselves and those of French speaking children.
  • Children will have developed an appreciation for MFL.

Please click on the links below to read the statutory guidance for Language and our school's long term plan to cover the objectives. If you require a paper copy of these documents, please ask at the school office.

Language National Curriculum

KSL Language Long Term Plan 

Regions of France

Gaëlle has sent over a PPT about different regions in France have a look at see if you recognise any of the place names from our lessons in school - or maybe you've been lucky enough to visit one of these places before. 

Gaëlle comes from La Baule, Pays de Loire which is quite close to Nantes, home of the giants who came to Liverpool and les machines (who made the spider). Can you research these? 

French food activity

Here is a fun cooking activity to try at home - a delicious Tarte Tatin. Tweet your makes at @KSL_Kirkdale. 

French colourful fun


Here are some 'colourful' videos from  Gaëlle to help you practise your French at home - have fun!

Mental Health Week - A message from Gaëlle

French home learning



I hope you are all well - here is a video from Gaëlle. This video is aimed at Year 3 but is good revision for all of KS2 - have fun learning and revising sports. Why don't you create a quiz or some games to teach your family members - think about how Gaëlle teaches you in class using flashcards and actions. Can you teach your family to speak French? 

French update 06/05/20


Our French teacher Gaëlle has emailed over some fun French activities that have been posted on School Improvement Liverpool Twitter (their Twitter handle is  MfLSil - follow them for fun activities you can do with your family at home). I will post the content of the tweets below for you to see. 

Here are some links to websites for French games: 

French numbers

French days

French Language Links


Take care and stay safe.

Un petit message de Gaëlle

Gaelle has sent this video to help you practise French greetings - can you teach you family members how to greet each other in French?

Have fun!