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Modern Foreign Language

MFL (French)

At Ashton Gate, the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. Our scheme of learning, using elements from the Primary French Project, allows pupils to develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. Through our engaging, interactive lessons, our pupils develop linguistic competence, expand their knowledge of how language works, and explore differences and similarities between French and English. Pupils are successfully able to demonstrate progression in their learning of French grammar, vocabulary, phonics and culture. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning. The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.



Please visit the bottom of this page for :

  • Subject Statement
  • Subject Overview 
  • Medium Term Plans 

Please visit the photo gallery for information about additional MFL events that have taken place within the school.


To promote and celebrate Bristol's twinning with Bordeaux, every year Ashton Gate Primary welcomes a French Mini-Assistant (a Bordeaux University Master's student training to become a teacher) into our school for two weeks.

This partnership has a successful dual purpose. For our pupils, it fosters an interest in and celebration of language learning and respect for different countries and cultures. For the assistant, it provides a brilliant experience for them to learn more about the teaching profession and about English schools.

The assistant is fully immersed in school life, speaking to the children in all year groups about themselves and teaching some French lessons. The assistant stays with a host family and has the opportunity to explore Bristol outside of school time and meet the Mayor!