Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages at St Erme with Trispen School. 


At St Erme with Trispen, the MfL curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become confident reading and speaking another language.

The curriculum ensures that children access French throughout the school.
Throughout their MFL learning children will:

  • foster an interest in learning another language
  • become aware that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another
  • develop speaking and listening skills
  • gain confidence by trying and by asking
  • gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement
  • explore and apply strategies to improve their learning
  • explore their own cultural identities and those of others
  • use their knowledge with growing confidence to understand what they hear and read and to express themselves in speech and in writing.


Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. All of these approaches help to equip our children with the skills to be confident global citizens.

The MFL curriculum allows for constant repetition of vocabulary and phrases and will be taught in short, 15 minute lessons at least twice a week. Learning will incorporate a range of active, verbal lessons with a smaller focus on written work. Children will be encouraged to engage in games and activities to ingrain their learning.


Children will become more confident speaking a foreign language and become more willing to engage in whole class, group and independent activities.

In all classes, children have a wide range of abilities, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. MFL is a highly inclusive subject, however, and despite our principal aim of developing children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding, the initial focus will be on enjoyment.

At our school we will teach MFL to all KS2 children, whatever their ability and individual needs. MFL forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children. Through our MFL teaching, we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make good progress. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those with special gifts and talents, and those learning English as an additional language (EAL), and we take all reasonable steps to achieve this.

Children are assessed informally during lessons to evaluate what they have learned. For each year group there are some learning objectives to reach. Children will have at the end of each term the opportunity to reflect on their own progress by self-assessing their work. The learning objectives are based on the KS2 framework for languages and focused particularly on three main objectives: Oracy (O), Literacy (L) and intercultural understanding (IU).