Clifford Primary School

Clifford Primary School

Modern Foreign Languages


What MFL looks like in our school:

  • Teachers will follow the Long Term Plan ensuring they cater for all abilities.
  • Lessons will be active, fun and engaging to develop pupils’ confidence and love of languages.
  • Fundamental skills in speaking, reading and writing will be taught.
  • Opportunities will be given for pupils to have an understanding of their place in the wider world and to establish international links where possible.
  • Children will be expected to have a go at speaking and joining in with songs, rhymes and role-play in bringing the language alive.


End of lower KS2:

  • Can have a short conversation, responding with a short phrase or sentence.
  • Have developed basic vocabulary.
  • Can read, write and understand a short passage of writing.


End of upper KS2:

  • Can speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • Have developed accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • Have broadened their vocabulary and developed their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.


 This is how it works:

  • Teachers follow the Long-term plan which sets out a logical progression from one year to the next
  • Lessons are taught on a weekly basis, supported with incidental learning throughout the week
  • Each lesson has a clear learning objective which is reviewed throughout, with mini plenaries
  • Visitors and international school links bring the subject to life
  • Teachers use a range of techniques to engage and bring languages alive, i.e. songs, rhymes, role-play, films
  • Teachers model the skills and behaviour expected


  • Children that enjoy MFL and gain a love of languages for life
  • Children that are confident to have a go
  • Children that can talk about their place in the world and show an understanding of another country and culture
  • Good variety of skills covered in speaking, reading and writing
  • Children make progress in line with the national average, building on their understanding from one year to the next


How do we know?

Coordinator monitors planning and delivery throughout the school; book scrutinies, Learning Walks, pupil interviews, teacher questioning and observations