Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Holy Family Catholic Primary School



Our chosen focus language is French. However, we celebrate and learn about a diverse range of languages, especially those represented by our pupils here at Holy Family.


  • Deliver a high-quality languages education that fosters children’s curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.

  • Provide opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes and develop multi-cultural respect and understanding.

  • Encourage children to have the confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages.



Key stage 2: dedicated weekly lessons in French using the ‘ilanguages’ programme of study in addition to other resources.

Key Stage 1: ad hoc opportunities for language teaching during the day with activities such as prayers and taking the register.



We strive to ensure that children leave Holy Family being able to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.

  • Engage in conversations by asking and answering questions, expressing opinions and responding to others.

  • Speak in sentences; using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.

  • Appreciate French stories, songs, poems and rhymes.

  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

  • Understand basic grammar.

We celebrated French Christmas Day by playing games, learning new vocabulary and trying French food.

La Grace en Francais

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We love to sing Grace in French before lunch.

'Bastille Day' - 14th July 2023 - A whole-school enrichment day (with French country dancing led by Mrs Underhill)

MFL - Progression of Skills and Knowledge

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