Primary Languages
Kate Percival

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Kate Percival
NASBTT Associate Consultant
Primary Languages


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Simply get them writing.

Will Lloyd, director of Primary Languages Network discusses tried and tested strategies to support all children to engage in the writing process.

What makes an effective language lesson?

Will Lloyd, director of Primary Languages Network outlines some top tips for making your language lessons effective for all children.

Subject Resources

Whether your trainee teachers have a language qualification, some knowledge of language or none at all, and whatever their confidence level, there is a wealth of support, resources and CPD available.

Primary Languages Network (PLN) offers fully resourced schemes of work for French, Spanish and German. Click2Teach is a PowerPoint based scheme with built-in audio sound files and Video2Teach provides native-speaker video lesson support to non-specialists. PLN offers upskilling for teachers and a comprehensive CPD journey to members plus some to non-members. PLN also supports trainee teachers and their mentors specifically via the ITT dashboard. Within the dashboard are lesson plans and video lesson examples, subject knowledge and resources to help mentees feel confident to deliver quality primary languages lessons in their settings.

The ASCL Language Transition Toolkits in French, Spanish, Chinese and German offer helpful advice and information on MFL resources available:

The ALL Languages Transition Toolkit offers practical ideas, strategies and resources designed to inform the process of transition in languages teaching and learning between KS2 and KS3. 

ALL: Association for Language Learning

CPD events are run regionally and nationally (many online) including an annual primary languages conference in November.

RiPL: Research into Primary Languages

Plenty of research by practising teachers and policy makers. RiPL will also often run free CPD webinars.

Oasis: Open Accessible Summaries In Language Studies

Searchable database of summarised research into language learning.  

British Council

Classroom resources which will enhance the classroom experience, allowing pupils to explore different cultures, discuss international issues and carry out joint projects.


Language Teaching Pedagogy Books

  • Primary Huh: Curriculum conversations with subject leaders in primary school -Mary Myatt and John Tomsett (section dedicated to MFL)
  • Teaching Languages Creatively by Philip Hood
  • The Really Useful Primary Languages Book by Jayne Wright and Alison Taylor
  • Teaching Foreign Languages in the Primary School (Routledge)
  • Modern Foreign Languages 5-11 by Jane Jones and Simon Coffey
  • Brilliant Publications: Assessing Primary Languages
  • Brilliant Publications: 100+ Fun ideas for Practicing MFL In the Primary Classroom
  • Games for Teaching Primary French by Danielle Bourdais and Sue Finnie

Good books for the classroom to support Intercultural Understanding

  • If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith and Shelagh Armstrong
  • Welcome to our World by Moira Butterfield
  • DK: Celebrations around the World
  • DK: Children Just Like Me Series
  • What a wonderful word by Nicola Edwards and Luisa Uribe 
  • My Name is not Refugee by Kate Milner


  • “Languages in outstanding primary schools” has been published on the Ofsted blog: schools, early years, further education and skills blog. Michael Wardle HMI, Ofsted’s subject lead for languages, discusses our language subject inspections.

A couple of pertinent articles relating to the benefits of language learning:

Visit the Primary Languages Website to register for an account, using the password NASBTT.

Once registered you can access the following:

Firstly, there is a modelled and fully resourced scheme of work to support you in teaching up to twelve lessons in either French of Spanish.

Lesson one allows you to use a native speaker video from PLN’s Video2Teach Autumn term scheme of work to teach the lesson. Lesson one follow-up is over to you and allows you to repeat some of the format of lesson one but also to adapt and enhance the lesson as you wish.  You are delivering the content but still with support from the resources and audio files if needed. This pattern repeats for lessons two to six creating a full term’s unit of work. From the Spring term onwards, you are able to use PLN’s Click2Teach scheme of work where the lessons are PowerPoint based but still with embedded clips and audio support.

In other areas of the dashboard, you can find lessons suitable for KS1 and other resources such as songs and games.  All planning and assessment documents and some key links to explore the pedagogy of teaching primary languages are provided for you as well. And if PLN can help you any further or if you have any questions, by all means use the online form in the Support section and a member of the PLN team will come back to you.   

We hope you enjoy engaging with and delivering languages in your schools! 

Language Detective Strategies

An introduction to language detective skills which are the transferable skills involved in learning a language and which support pupils to achieve self-efficacy in language learning

Creative approach to phonics

A creative approach to phonics outlining how key phonemes and graphemes of a foreign language can be assimilated leading to increased decoding and pronunciation skills

These two videos look at the four modalities of language learning; listening and speaking, and reading and writing. Sample activities at each stage of learning are exemplified relating to DfE attainment targets. There is also a focus on what progress looks like in each of the areas plus how to record and evidence them.  

Listening and Speaking

Reading and Writing

Free video resources for the classroom

Primary Languages Network YouTube

CPD Videos

Language Nut

Language Angels

(go to the CPD Tab for recorded webinars)


TEMZ Event - Primary and Secondary Languages - Developing skills: Language Explorers to Lifelong Learners

Session Overview:

Our focus is to demonstrate how language content and skills build up from Key Stage 1 right through to Key Stages 4 and 5. This session will give teacher mentors a unique insight into the 'bigger picture' of how language learning skills are transferrable and how the subject lends itself to creating global citizens of the future.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

Mentors can expect to come away with an overview of skills, content and culture with practical examples to take away and use both in their own practice and to pass on to the trainees they support.

Facilitator Information:

Kate Percival:

Kate is a primary languages specialist, with over 15 years’ experience as a classroom practitioner.  She is the Primary MFL Consultant for Primary Languages Network (PLN) supporting schools on a one-to-one basis and delivering CPD to trainee and experienced teachers. She has spoken nationally at events for ALL (Association for Language Learning), The Languages Show and PLN and is the subject specialist consultant for NASBTT.

Sara Davidson:

As well as leading the two national SCITT programmes offered at Oundle School (National Modern Languages SCITT and National Maths & Physics SCITT), Sara is still a practising languages teacher, teaching German to pupils in Year 7 up to Year 13.

She previously led two modern languages departments in two boarding schools as Head of Department – one offering 8 modern languages on timetable taught by 27 members of staff.She was previously Chair of the Independent Schools’ Modern Languages Association (ISMLA) for 5 years too and was invited to participate in several DfE MFL initiatives in that role. She is the MFL secondary subject specialist consultant for NASBTT.


Watch the recording here

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