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KAPOW French


Our Curriculum Intent for French 


At St. Peter's C of E Primary School, we aim to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. The French curriculum has been designed to serve young linguists in the modern world. Key areas of focus have been deliberately selected to ensure that pupils are equipped with knowledge and language that will serve them in engaging with important and useful topics such as the environment, wellbeing and travel. The curriculum focuses not just on vocabulary acquisition but also on the building blocks of learning a new language, facilitating future study and opening opportunities to study and work in other countries in the future.


Teaching and Learning in French - Implementation


At St. Peter's, we follow the Kapow Primary French scheme of work which is designed with six strands that run throughout.

These are:


  • Speaking and pronunciation
  • Listening
  • Reading and writing
  • Grammar
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Language detective skills


Through Kapow Primary’s French scheme, pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. The scheme provides balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French, although in Year 3 the focus is on developing oral skills, before incorporating written French in Year 4 and beyond.

The Kapow Primary scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included throughout our French units, allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning.

At St. Peter's, lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work. Our curriculum focuses on developing what we term ‘language detective skills’ and developing an understanding of French grammar, rather than on committing to memory vast amounts of French vocabulary.
Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all.




After the implementation of Kapow Primary French, pupils should leave St. Peter's equipped with a range of language-learning skills to enable them to study French, or any other language, with confidence at Key Stage 3.


The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary French scheme of work is that children will:


  • Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations (e.g., ordering in a cafe, following directions) and express an opinion.
  • Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts.
  • Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately.
  • Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning.
  • Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt.
  • Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages.
  • Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics.
  • Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Languages