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Kirkby La Thorpe
Church of England Primary Academy

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Welcome toKirkby La Thorpe

Church of England Primary Academy

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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages at KLT



The teaching of languages to early leaners is widely recognised as a significant factor in building literacy, building self-confidence and a vehicle to broaden cultural horizons.   At KLT we want our pupils:

  • to enjoy their early years of learning French, valuing the sights and sounds of France and the rhythm of the language; and
  • to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.



At KLT two schemes are used to structure and deliver learning:  The Catherine Cheater Scheme of Work for French and La Jolie Ronde.  The strands of oracy, literacy and intercultural understanding are taught in an interwoven manner, through games, films and songs, to develop pupils’ knowledge of the spoken and written language.


Key Stage 2 pupils (Years 3 to 6), receive a weekly lesson (45mins), following our rolling curriculum cycle, due to our mixed aged classes.    


Assessment is gathered in a number of ways; these includes baseline, formative, and summative assessments, delivered at the start, during and at the end of units of work. 



  • Pupils’ global citizenship is broadened and they have a greater knowledge and understanding of the cultural values and traditions of France. 
  • Pupils are able to listen attentively to spoken language of French and show increasing understanding by joining in and responding.  They are able to speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. 
  • Pupils develop increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation, so that others understand what they are saying, when reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases. 
  • They are able to engage in conversations by asking and answering questions, expressing opinions and responding to the views of others, and seeking clarification and help. 
  • Pupils are able to carefully read French, showing an understanding of words, phrases and simple writing. 
  • Pupils are able to write French phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.  These include being able to describe people, places, things and actions, both orally and in writing. 
  • Pupils understand basic French grammar and recognise how these differ from or are similar to English.