Bournehall Primary School

Inspiring a Love of Learning


Bournehall Avenue, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3AX

020 8950 4438




At Bournehall Primary School we value languages because:

  • they provide an opening to other countries and cultures

  • they foster our curiosity and deepen our understanding of the world

  • we can use them to communicate practically with others

  • learning languages early provides a foundation for later language learning


  • speaks confidently with good intonation and pronunciation

  • uses their understanding of sound patterns to read unfamiliar words

  • listens and responds to language

  • writes in the language, using dictionaries and word mats for support

  • has a strong awareness of countries where the language is spoken

  • shows passion for languages and a commitment to learning

  • studies independently and chooses a wide range of resources to support their learning

  • uses languages creatively and spontaneously

 Chris Quigley - Essentials Curriculum



Children tell us that they enjoy languages and learn best when:

  • they listen carefully

  • they practise speaking in a supportive environment

  • they link our previous learning to new topics

  • they use ICT and games to practise vocabulary

  • they use actions to help us remember

  • they have the right resources to support our learning

  • they take every opportunity to practise

  • their language connects them to their learning across the curriculum


Pupils should be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding

  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help

  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases

  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences

  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing

  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language

  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly

  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going." Rita Mae Brown

Although formal teaching of French begins in KS2, we begin to introduce basic vocabulary in KS1 through the use of songs, rhymes and games. Basic vocabulary introduced in KS1 includes colours, numbers, days of the week and simple greetings. Having prior knowledge of this vocabulary when beginning to learn French more formally in KS2 allows the children to more rapidly build their grammatical understanding of the language.

We follow the Language Angels scheme of work in the order outlined in the link above.



Please note that this means that our language curriculum does not align with the Chris Quigley milestones in the same way as other subjects but approximately as follows:

Year 3    Milestone 1

Year 4    Milestone 1

Year 5    Milestone 2

Year 6    Milestone 2 / Milestone 3




can be found on

Years 3 and 4 page 18
Year 5 page 39
Year 6 page 63