Languages (French) Curriculum Statement



At Castle View Primary School a high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching of French should enable pupils to express their thoughts and ideas in a different language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing. In line with the Language Programmes of Study (National Curriculum in England), it should also provide opportunities for pupils to communicate for practical purposes, discover new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language.



Castle View Primary School aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written French language from a variety of sources including working with other local schools
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions whilst improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at a greater 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



Our planning is based on the Rigolo scheme of work which covers all the components of the Programme of Study.  The Rigolo scheme will enable children 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 linking the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations and speak in sentences
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the French language
  • 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
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing and understand basic grammar appropriate to the French language



The teaching of French at Castle View Primary School should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.  After accessing first quality French teaching, pupils will be adequately prepared for further MFL teaching in KS3.