Fordham Primary School

Fordham Primary School

Modern Foreign Languages

Children are given access to different languages throughout their time in school.  Even the children in Reception answer the register in different languages!

However, once we get to KS2 there is a more formal expectation on language acquisition and we have chosen French as our main language to study.

French is taught on a weekly basis by class teachers. Staff work together, supposed by the ilanguages scheme of work, to ensure continuity and progression throughout KS2. Lessons are presented in a fun and active way using games, songs, video clips and presentations. The children also have lots of opportunities to develop their conversation skills and present their learning to an audience.

There are 5 main areas we consider when teaching French:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar 

We believe learning French supports general language and literacy development and complements other aspects of the curriculum. At Fordham, firm foundations are set for further foreign language study at secondary school.

French Long Term Curriculum Map



Last term we held our very own French Eurovision style competition. Every class in KS2 had to rehearse and perform a song in French whilst KS1 were the audience. We asked three members of staff to step onto the judging panel and award the classes points. Many classes received a phenomenal dix points (10 points)! We were lucky enough to have Mrs Upward over from Soham Village College who helped judge the competition. The winning class was Foxes with their fabulous song all about ‘des sports’. She was amazed at the standard of French learnt across the school. Bravo! We have decided it will be an annual event where KS1 will also join in. Here’s to next year!

Following on from our KS2 French poetry competition, a Year 5 and a Year 6 pupil were chosen to go over to Soham Village College on Tuesday to represent Fordham in the grand finale. I am very pleased to say they got 1st and 2nd place! Formidable! Judges were impressed with their pronunciation, confidence, expression and use of actions. It was lovely to watch and I came away very proud! Well done to both boys who received French goodies and Amazon vouchers.  

Mrs. Valentine (French Subject Lead)