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Denbigh Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum

Subject Lead: Miss Chambers

At Denbigh we believe in providing our children with opportunities to deepen their cultural experiences and knowledge of the world. We believe that a high-quality languages education fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. We deliver stimulating and practical MFL lessons that enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Our curriculum provides opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read in the foreign language. We develop their understanding of other countries and provide opportunities to develop their knowledge of other countries cultures as well as holding a knowledge and understanding of their language.

Progression Threshold Concepts in MFL


Threshold Concept : Writing

Milestone 1: Write some single words from memory.


Threshold Concept : Writing

Milestone 2: Write words and short phrases from memory.


Year 3 Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum 


Show that he/she recognises words and phrases heard by responding appropriately

Follow simple instructions and link pictures or actions to language

When listening to stories, rhymes or songs, join in with repeated sections and identify particular phonemes and rhyming words


Ask and answer simple questions, for example about personal information

Repeat sentences heard and make simple adaptations to them

Use mostly accurate pronunciation and speak clearly when addressing an audience

Use simple adjectives such as colours and sizes to describe things orally


Recognise some familiar words and phrases in written form

Read some familiar words aloud using mostly accurate pronunciation

Learn and remember new words encountered in reading


Write some single words from memory

Use simple adjectives such as colours and sizes to describe things in writing

Record descriptive sentences using a word bank


Recognise the main word classes e g nouns, adjectives and verbs

Understand that nouns may have different genders and can recognise clues to identify this, such as the difference in articles

Have basic understanding of the usual order of words in sentences in the target language

Year 4 Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum 


Show understanding of a range of familiar spoken phrases, for example through acting out part of a familiar story heard

Listen to and accurately repeat particular phonemes in songs and rhymes and begin to make links to spellings

Notice that the target language may contain different phonemes and that some similar sounds may be spelt differently to English


Ask and answer a range of questions on different topic areas

Using familiar sentences as models, make varied adaptations to create new sentences

Read aloud using accurate pronunciation and present a short learned piece for performance


Read a range of familiar written phrases and sentences, recognising their meaning and reading them aloud accurately

Follow the written version of a text he/she is listening to

Begin to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words within a familiar text using contextual and other clues


Write words and short phrases from memory

Use a range of adjectives to describe things in more detail, such as describing someone’s appearance

Write descriptive sentences using a model but supplying some words from memory


Recognise a wider range of word classes including pronouns and articles, and use them appropriately

Understand that adjectives may change form according to the noun they relate to, and select the appropriate form

Recognise questions and negative sentences

Year 5 Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum 


Gain an overall understanding of an extended spoken text which includes some familiar language, for example summarising in English the key points of what he/she has heard in the target language

Identify different ways to spell key sounds, and select the correct spelling of a familiar word


Take part in conversations and express simple opinions giving reasons

Adapt known complex sentences to reflect a variation in meaning

Begin to use intonation to differentiate between sentence types

Create a short piece for presentation to an audience


Read aloud and understand a short text containing mostly familiar language, using fairly accurate pronunciation

Learn a song or poem using the written text for support

Use dictionaries to extend vocabulary on a given topic and develop his/her ability to use different strategies to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words


Write phrases and some simple sentences from memory and write a short text such as an email with support from a word/phrase bank

Use a wide range of adjectives to describe people and things, and use different verbs to describe actions


Know how to conjugate some high frequency verbs

Understand how to make changes to an adjective in order for it to ‘agree’ with the relevant noun

Adapt sentences to form negative sentences and begin to form questions

Year 6 Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum 


Understand longer and more challenging texts on a range of topic areas, recognising some details and opinions heard

Apply knowledge of phonemes and spelling to attempt the reading of unfamiliar words


Engage in longer conversations, asking for clarification when necessary

Create his/her own sentences using knowledge of basic sentence structure

Use pronunciation and intonation effectively to accurately express meaning and engage an audience


Read aloud and understand a short text containing unfamiliar words, using accurate pronunciation

Attempt to read a range of texts independently, using different strategies to make meaning

Use vocabulary learnt from reading in different contexts and use dictionaries to find a wide range of words


Write a range of phrases and sentences from memory and adapt them to write his/her own sentences on a similar topic

Select appropriate adjectives to describe a range of things, people and places and appropriate verbs to describe actions

Begin to use some adverbs


Know how to conjugate a range of high frequency verbs

Understand how to use some adverbs in sentences

Have an awareness of similarities and differences in grammar between different languages

Denbigh Primary School