Welcome back to Term Five! We hope you had a lovely Easter holiday!

MillbrookPrimary School

"Believe Achieve Succeed"

Modern Foreign Language

'Believe Achieve Succeed'

Being an international speaker



At Millbrook, we are focused on supporting our pupils to become ‘international speakers’; enabling them to become more proficient communicators and to lay the foundations for, and ignite enjoyment in future language learning.  Most importantly, through our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum, we aim to grow children’s curiosity and appreciation of the multi-lingual and multi-cultural world around them. 


"Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom."    

Roger Bacon


At Millbrook, we ensure that children are introduced to our chosen language, French, in a fun, active and enjoyable way, so that they are engaged and excited about learning a new language.  This is done through the implementation of a multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching which includes games and songs. Where possible, confident French speakers into are invited into school to enrich the children’s experience and provide an excellent model of the spoken language. 


Our French curriculum in Key Stage 2 is designed so that children build the key skills of spoken language, listening, reading and writing progressively, extending their knowledge of how the language works and helping pupils explore differences and similarities between the target language and English. French is taught using the 'Rachel Hawkes' scheme of work which implements and highlights the three key knowledge strands from the recent Ofsted research report: phonics, vocabulary and grammar.


In Nursery, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, although the teaching of languages is not statutory, children are provided with the opportunity to “taste” new languages through story, songs and rhymes, in daily routines (for example answering the register in a variety of languages).  This ensures that the enjoyment of learning a new language is embedded as children start school.


Our curriculum is further enhanced through exciting whole school enrichment days, examples of which include 'international days’ where children learn about a wide variety of countries.  Extra-curricular clubs and activities with local Vale Academy Trust schools, for example Year 6 language transition events, also provide a deepening of children’s knowledge and understanding of the language and its cultural traditions.

MFL Leadership Team

MFL Matrix 


French Layer 1 - Whole-school Long-term Plan

French Layer 2 - Skills and Knowledge