Ponsbourne St Mary's C of E Primary School

Love to Learn, Learn to Love

Newgate Street Village, Nr. Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8RA

01707 872395


Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Intent

The intention of the Modern Foreign Language curriculum at Ponsbourne St Mary’s is that children are taught other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We aim for children to learn, not only the vocabulary and sentence structure, but something of the culture of the country. We aim to embed the skills of listening and speaking primarily, but also reading and writing in the chosen language. We hope to inspire children to appreciate foreign language acquisition and lay the foundations for enthusiastic future learning.

Curriculum Implementation

At the moment, all children in KS2 have a regular French lesson (the language of study may change depending on the class teacher’s level of knowledge and skill). Our curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in French, through regular taught lessons. Children learn, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics, and we strive to revisit and refresh vocabulary in quick recap activities at the start of lessons. Lessons are organised to allow children to appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language. We use a variety of resources, including ‘Linguafun’, an online resource, to ensure coverage and progression across the school.

 At Ponsbourne, we follow a two-year rolling programme of units:


Year A


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Pioneers (Y3/4)


Numbers to 10


Days of the week

My Family

Sur le Pont D’Avignon (song) 


Numbers to 20

Le Factuer (song)

Discoverers (Y5/6)


In the Classroom

Happy Christmas


Numbers to 50


At School


Numbers to 100

My House



Year B


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Pioneers (Y3/4)

In the Café

Where do you live?



Zoo Animals

In the Park

What time is it?



The Alphabet (song)

Frere Jacques (song)

Discoverers (Y5/6)

The Month and the Date

Bon Appetit


Where are you going on holiday?

Le Furet (song)



What is the weather like?

Savez-vous Planter les Choux? (song)


Curriculum Impact

French is monitored by subject leaders throughout KS2,  using a variety of strategies such as lesson observations, book scrutinies, and pupil interviews.