Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Modern Foreign Language- MFL


  • Through beginning to learn another language we aim to give children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
  • We believe that through learning a Modern Foreign Language pupils develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition by understanding the similarities between languages this helps lay the foundations for further learning in the future.
  • It is intended that when children leave Ashton-under-Hill First school they will have a natural curiosity to explore other countries, cultures and languages accepting that , in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at Middle School


At Ashton-under-Hill First School we introduce French in Key Stage Two. This is taught as a discrete subject once a week by a teacher from the school who has a particular interest in Modern Foreign Languages. At the current time this is the Head Teacher. The school follows the Rigolo programme on a two year cycle. Care is taken to make sure that at the start of Year 3 all pupils are given time to learn the basics such as greetings, numbers and colours which form the basis of learning in other units.

The lessons are sequenced and progressive with six units each half term. Additional materials to Rigolo are used and much of the learning is interactive using rhymes, singing and games on a regular basis to reinforce the learning.

The subject leader produces an annual action plan which is monitored by the senior leadership team.


Our Modern foreign languages curriculum is fun and enjoyable, and planned to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 2. In addition we measure the impact of our curriculum through

  • Pupil discussions about their learning
  • Monitoring
  • Children applying their knowledge of languages in other areas of the curriculum
  • Children applying their cultural understanding across society and cultures

MFL is monitored by the subject leader and the Senior Leadership team using a variety of strategies such as book scrutiny and pupil voice discussions.