MFL is an acronym for Modern Foreign Languages. French is taught at Clavering.

For more information, please contact Mrs Carter (MFL Leader), Mrs Thèbé (English and Languages Leader), Mr McAvoy (Deputy Headteacher) and/or your child's/children's teacher(s).


  • Learning a foreign language is liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.
  • A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
  • The teaching should 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.
  • It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
  • Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Aims of the Clavering Curriculum for MFL

The Clavering Curriculum for MFL aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources;
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation;
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt;
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Clavering Learning Foci for MFL

1. To develop practical communication skills in French: listening & speaking; reading; writing.

2. To develop an appreciation and understanding of the culture and way of life of French-speaking countries.

Topics studied in each year group

Year 3:

Les numéros (The numbers)

Les couleurs (Colours)

Le mois de l’année (Months of the year)

Year 4:

Ma famille (My family)

Les animaux (Animals)

Le salle de classe (The classroom)

Year 5:

La nourriture (Food)

Le temps (Weather)

Le transport (Transport)

Year 6:

Le corps humain (The human body)

Le sports et les passe-temps (Sport and Hobbies)

L’argent de poche (Pocket money)