Cannon Lane

Primary School

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Teaching Modern Foreign Languages at Cannon Lane



The study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. Pupils use languages to communicate information responsibly and creatively. They learn how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language.

Aims – EYFS & KS1

It is not statutory to teach a modern foreign language in EYFS and KS1, however at Cannon Lane Primary School we aim to:

  • Encourage children to listen and respond to games, songs, rhymes and familiar stories in the chosen modern foreign language (French).
  • Help pupils use gesture and visual prompts to begin understanding a different language, as these approaches encourage active learning and building confidence.
  • Support pupils towards understanding different countries’ cultures and make simple comparisons to their own.

Aims – KS2

At Cannon Lane Primary School, we teach French in Years 3 & 4 and Mandarin in Years 5 and 6. We have specialist teachers in both languages who deliver lessons to all our pupils on a weekly basis. We aim to:

  • Ensure every child has the opportunity throughout Key Stage 2 to study a foreign language and develop their interest in different cultures
  • Ensure pupils’ learning is enriched in a broad curriculum to which languages contribute
  • Promote: listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural understanding.
  • Help teachers to develop their confidence and competence to teach languages effectively




French Curriculum Overview



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Year 3

Introducing yourself

Following simple instructions

Sharing feelings

Days of the week


Numbers up to 10


Learning numbers 11-20

Talking about: our favourite playground games

Farming animals – ‘farmer’s in his den’ Recognising masculine and feminine nouns

Naming parts of the body e.g. hands, feet, head, shoulders.

Naming the colours of the rainbow and where we can see them

Describing a monster using body parts and colours.


Year 4

Saying hello and goodbye

Introducing ourselves

Recognising instruments

Counting up to 10

Transportation to school

Where in the world French is spoken

Talking about the weather

Talking about travel

Talking about:


Pocket money  and how much things cost

Likes and dislikes



Developing an understanding of French culture, music, art and knowing the geographical location of France and its neighbouring countries on a map



Mandarin Curriculum Overview




Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Year 5


Greetings in Chinese Mandarin

Chinese Mandarin numbers 1-10

Talking about:

Our family

Our pets

Common sight words

Understanding some Chinese traditions (PSHE/ values lesson)

Chinese Calligraphy

Researching: Chinese New Year and its associated beliefs and customs

Learning  Chinese Mandarin  numbers 11-99

Recognising dates in Chinese Mandarin


Finding about Chinese Mandarin food and drink

Learning how to use chopsticks

Knowing the colours

Researching: Peking Opera


Year 6

Finding out about traditional clothes

Learning about money

Countries in China – map work skills

Talking about our nationality

Talking about our birthdays and related customs

Developing speaking and listening skills through games and role play

Researching about: The Shang Dynasty

Talking about:


Likes and dislikes


Researching: The Dragon Boat Festival

Creating Chinese fans

Introduction to Chinese characters

Developing an understanding of the Chinese culture, music, art and inventions.  Understanding the impact of China in our world today.