Languages at SKA




At South Kirkby Academy we aim for our MFL curriculum to have a clear progression in the understanding of French through the school.

The children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is creative, enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence and their curiosity about languages.

We actively plan links to develop their awareness of cultural aspects in other countries and curriculum enrichment opportunities. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay foundations for future language learning.

Our MFL curriculum is planned to progressively develop the children’s skills in languages through regularly taught lessons. The children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.

South Kirkby Academy follows the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ Scheme of work to ensure thorough coverage and progression across the school.


The children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities, drama and games. As the children’s confidence and skills grow, they will start to record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.

Displays through South Kirkby Academy will remind the children of key- vocabulary. Practical activities, songs and games are used to improve memory and recall. During the lessons, the instructions are given in French, when possible, to expose the children to the language as much as possible and immerse them into the learning.

To translate new vocabulary visual prompt are used to support the children. Additionally, word mats/ knowledge organisers are available for the children to support their learning and recap previous learning.


Our French curriculum will ensure that all pupils develop key-language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about different cultures.

The children will be able to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. Over time they will speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity. They should be able to find a way to communicate what they would like to say through discussions and asking questions and continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation.

Finally, they will start to write using a variety of grammatical structures that they have learned, and they will develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the French language.

Whole School Overview for French

SMSC in French at SKA


The study of French enables our students to make sense of the world around them and we strive at SKA to enable each of our students to explore connections between different languages and the surrounding world. At SKA we encourage our students to use imagination, creativity and explore the world around them to learn new vocabulary and respect different cultures.


The moral development of students is an important thread running through the French curriculum at SKA. Students are provided with opportunities to learn French creatively and practice the language with real-life examples. 


Cooperative learning and teamwork are fundamental to SKA French learning. We encourage the students to participate in discussions, singing French songs and creative thinking. Our students are always encouraged to practice the language together and support each other in their learning. At SKA students realise their own strengths and feel a sense of achievement which often boost confidence. Over time they become more independent and resilient language learners. 


French is a language spoken world wide in many different countries. We try to develop the awareness at SKA of both the history of the language and the many different cultures and people that speak the language. 

South Kirkby, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 3DP

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