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How is French organised at Delta?

There are three knowledge strands, or pillars of progression, which are the building blocks of language acquisition at Delta. The skill strands are planned and taught in a progressive way so that by Year 6, pupils will be able to use these strategies to confidently grapple with unknown spoken and written language and search for meaning. Furthermore, the development of these skills also helps pupils develop their understanding of the English language and its grammar conventions. Throughout all of our French lessons, pupils will be developing their cultural awareness of French and the French speaking world.

(from Kapow Primary)


At Delta, our French scheme of work aims to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures, in line with our whole-school intent statement. We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French. We use Kapow to teach our languages curriculum and through our schemes of work, we aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages in the next stage of their education. Furthermore, as 56% of our pupils are EAL, we also aim to use our French curriculum to support a stronger understanding of the English language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future. Our French scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National curriculum end of Key Stage 2 attainment targets (there are no Key stage 1 attainment targets for Languages).


Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to be able to deliver a highly effective languages curriculum. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. Furthermore, at Delta, we use a specialist teacher to support subject knowledge development and quality assure teaching and learning. A package of support for teachers delivering the French curriculum has been created with the understanding that many teachers do not feel confident delivering the full languages curriculum and every effort has been made to ensure that they feel supported to deliver lessons of a high standard that ensure pupil progression.

The French scheme of work at Delta is designed with three knowledge strands that run throughout our units with knowledge building cumulatively. These are:

● Phonics

● Vocabulary

● Grammar

This knowledge can then be applied within our skills strands, which also run throughout each unit in the scheme:

● Language comprehension (Listening and reading)

● Language production (Speaking and writing)

Our units cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands. Our Progression of skills and knowledge shows the skills and knowledge that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of Key Stage 2. Through the French scheme, pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. The scheme provides balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond.

The Kapow scheme at Delta is a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included throughout our French units, allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning. Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work. Our scheme of work focuses on developing what we term ‘language detective skills’ and developing an understanding of French grammar, and key vocabulary rather than on committing to memory vast amounts of French vocabulary. Pronunciation is emphasised early on using 'Mouth Mechanics' videos to support pupils with phoneme pronunciation in French.

Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all. In order to help pupils, retain their French learning, we provide information about how to incorporate French into the classroom environment every day in our ‘During the week’ sections.


The impact of French at Delta is monitored continuously through both formative and summative assessment. Each lesson, teachers assess pupils against the learning objectives. An assessment spreadsheet is also used to record children’s progress in each lesson to build a picture of learning through each unit. The quality of teaching of French at Delta is also rigorously quality assured by language specialists.

After the implementation of French, pupils should leave school equipped with a range of language-learning skills to enable them to study French, or any other language, with confidence at Key Stage 3.

The expected impact of our French scheme of work is that children will:

➔ Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering in a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion.

➔ Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts.

➔ Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation.

➔ Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately.

➔ Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning.

➔ Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt.

➔ Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages.

➔ Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics.

➔ Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Languages.