At Bentley High Street Primary School our aim is to offer a high-quality languages education that fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It is our intention that all children should be exposed different cultures from Foundation right through to Year 6. This is particularly important as a preparation for EYFS and Key Stage 1 children ready for beginning formal language lessons in Year 3. We intend that children should master Languages to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Languages and make use of languages effectively in their everyday lives. Our children will be taught Languages in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills in different areas of languages in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use languages across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.

The curriculum aims to build upon our school curriculum drivers by: developing oracy through effective use of language and communication; developing able and fluent readers, both in our native and target language; and increasing cultural capital by developing diversity at all levels. These will be facilitated by a sequence of learning driven by metacognition which will allow children the opportunity to apply what they have learnt in practical and varied ways. 

Our ambitious curriculum will address, and augment, the requirements of the National Curriculum, which are:

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

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


We follow the Kapow scheme of work which offers a broad and balanced Languages curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. The Kapow  Languages scheme ensures a clear progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Languages curriculum and includes opportunities for learning at greater depth.

Year 3

Pupils learn how to introduce themselves, to ask how someone is feeling and to say how they are feeling

Visual Composition
Pupils learn to say the names of colours, describe shapes using the adjectives of colour and size, create an animal from 2D shapes, and works of art inspired by French artist Matisse. 

Playground Games
Children count, recognise and use the numbers to twelve, ask how old someone is and say how old they are and compare sentence structures in French and English

In the Classroom
Children learn commands and objects from the classroom, respond to simple instructions, learn items found in a school bag, read and understand short sentences and present a spoken text

Children decipher new vocabulary using their knowledge of cognates, develop their understanding of sentence structure, identify sounds and perfect their punctuation.

Circle of Life
Pupils explore habitats, food chains and life cycles, broaden their vocabulary and deepen their understanding of sentence structures

Year 4

Inspired by works from the Louvre, children describe facial expressions build their descriptive vocabulary,
understanding of adjectival agreements and sentence structure 

Numbers, Calendars and Birthdays
Children learn the days of the week, dates and seasons through maths, songs, surveys and the research of French
festivals finishing with a birthday celebration 

Children name items of clothing and the different forms of the indefinite article and possessive adjective and practice using the correct adjectival agreement 

Weather and the Water Cycle
Children describe the weather, make statements about the weather in French cities, including compass points and temperatures and learn about the water cycle

Pupils learn different ways of asking questions and to unpick and understand structures that can be used time and again, using different vocabulary for different contexts, before writing their own songs

French Food 
Pupils apply their understanding within a new context; using number when paying for items in a café, and their language detective skills to interpret authentic French menus

Year 5

Monster Pets
Children use their ‘detective skills’ to extract information, identify and sort nouns by their gender, develop their understanding of sentence structure and describe their own monster pet in writing 

Space Explorers
Children develop their scientific vocabulary as well as their grammar, write their own poems using figurative language and develop their sentence structure by adding adjectives, making comparisons and giving reasons using ‘because’ 

Pupils develop vocabulary associated with a trip to France, as well as building their understanding of sentence structures, questions and phrases. They also apply their language detective skills when faced with an unfamiliar text 

French Speaking World 
Pupils learn to give and follow directions in French and to use comparative language, which they practise as they explore different French speaking countries

Meet the Family
Preparing a short written presentation to describe family members and their preferences, using the correct form of mon, ma and mes, and making sure of adjectival agreement.

Verbs in a French week
Pupils learn the verbs ‘avoir’ and ‘être’, identify the infinitive and other forms of verbs, and learn to use the correct verb ending for different subject pronouns, whilst recognising that some verbs are irregular

Year 6

French sport and the Olympics
Pupils learn to conjugate the verb 'aller'- to go and which preposition to use to express going to a country. They learn sports vocabulary, how to express preferences and expand their knowledge of country names. They develop their cultural knowledge of Pétanque, the Tour de France and the Olympics and consolidate their learning by writing a magazine article about participating in the Olympic Games.

French football champions
Pupils develop many important strategies in this football themed topic, which they can use in their future learning of other languages and subjects. Children develop their speaking and listening skills; asking and responding to questions about football as well as working on their written French by adapting football player profiles.

In my French house
Pupils learn how to describe a house, the different rooms and who lives there. They also learn about prepositions to explain where items are arranged in their bedrooms and consolidate the grammar and vocabulary they have learned by writing a letter to describe their family, home and bedroom.

Planning a French holiday
The children learn to use a combination of present and near future tenses, and become familiar with holiday related vocabulary around packing a suitcase and planning a journey. They explore which countries they might visit and why and ultimately research and plan a holiday to France.

Visiting a town in France
In learning directional and transport vocabulary and prepositional phrases, the children explore their journey to school and what places in town are worth a visit and why. They practise giving opinions and talk about a trip to France.

Important Documents 

Subject on a Page French
Skills and Language Pupil Progression

For further information on our French curriculum, please contact our French lead Mr Adamson.