September 2017 will be the fourth year since the start of statutory primary languages for children who entered Year 3 in 2014. As we start this year, the question of what ‘substantial progress’ might look like (referenced in the Languages programme of study for KS2) is becoming increasingly important. The following links will prove useful to teachers looking for support.


Programme of Study for Languages

Foreign languages are a compulsory subject at Key Stage 2. The specific curriculum requirements are set out in the KS2 languages programmes of study. Page 2 of this document explains that teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language, and should "lay the foundations" for foreign language learning at KS3. Languages are not a requirement at Key Stage 1.

Language programmes of study:

Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages

The archived KS2 framework for languages was written prior to the introduction of statutory foreign language teaching at KS2 and is non-statutory, but offers useful guidance on language teaching and progressive objectives for each year group. There are three parts to it:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Sources of support

Blogs/resource websites

Excellent blog written by MFL teacher and consultant Clare Seccombe – packed full of creative ideas for language teaching

A source of supplemental material, activities, songs, and games, including recommendations for music and books and links to authentic language activities.

Classroom-tested activities to teach French at primary level

Site run by highly experienced primary MFL teacher and trainer. The "Sharing Good Practice" section is well worth looking at, including sample policies, advice on teaching phonics and resources for assessment. Language specific resources are for French

Another website packed with excellent resources (mainly Spanish) – most notably presentations delivered by the author and superb phonics resources

Materials produced for as part of the ALL Connect Training programme to support teachers with the new Key Stage 2 programme of study, covering topics such as writing, grammar and speaking.

Excellent, lively and colourful websites with songs, games and activities which work well alongside a scheme of work.


The latest in a series of annual reports on language teaching based on online surveys completed by teachers in representative samples of schools from across the country

Languages In Primary Schools Facebook group – excellent, very supportive Facebook group providing advice, resources and updates for everyone involved in teaching primary languages.

The British Council’s one stop website to help teachers find out more about international learning and the benefits it can bring to both your classroom and your career, helping you to make new connections around the world.

Subject Association

The UK’s major subject association for those involved in teaching foreign languages at all levels

Suggested Schemes of Work (not an exhaustive list)

Scheme of Work for French and Spanish, written with the non-specialist teacher in mind. The package includes detailed lesson notes in ring binder and on CD. Widely used by schools in Nottingham City. See the website for the one off cost for this resource.

French and Spanish schemes with step by step guidance and comprehensive language support for specialist and non-specialist teachers alike. The lesson plans can be copied and adapted to meet the school's particular needs.

Each Scheme of Work comes with a CD ROM comprising:

• the full scheme in WORD format

• sound files of French pronunciation

• PowerPoint presentations to introduce the country and aspects of culture

See the website for the one off cost for this resource.

An annual subscription gives you access to fully interactive power points, lesson plans, notes and sound files recorded by native speakers to ensure that all non-specialists can deliver fun and engaging lessons. The website gives details of the annual cost.

KS2 French and Spanish schemes of work suitable for non-linguist teachers, providingstep by step lesson plans with objectives, success criteria and assessments mapped to the new NC and the KS2 framework, with a strong phonics focus and support for non-specialists with sound files and video clips to aid pronunciation. See the website for the cost per module.

Free schemes of work for Spanish and French – includes lesson plans, power points and all the resources you need. The site also contains hundreds of free resources to download.

Nottingham City Council are able to broker support if schools are interested in individual packages.