Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

Intent

The intention of the French curriculum at Christ Church CE Primary is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence, we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We plan links to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries, through our British values and curriculum enrichment opportunities. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning. We also aim to use that language knowledge in Year 6 with a residential trip to France.

 

Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We follow the ‘Twinkl’ Scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression across school. All our children in KS2 will have regular language lessons.

 

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Implementation

In KS2, children are taught in weekly sessions by their class teacher. Our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.

Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall.-In the classroom where possible instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible and I day to day contexts. Visual prompts are also used to support children in translating new vocabulary.

 

How it is assessed:

We strive to ensure that our pupil’s attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. Target Tracker is used to assess their learning. French is monitored by the subject leader throughout KS2 using a variety of strategies such as book scrutinies, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil interviews.  Feedback is given to teachers and leaders use the information to see if the children know more and remember more.  

 

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Impact

The impact of our MFL curriculum is that children are encouraged to understand the relevance of what they are learning in languages and how it relates to everyday life and travel. Also how it could help them in another country or to talk to a French speaker. Teachers foster an enjoyment of languages through a variety of lessons. Progression through a topic should be evident in the development of key skills and acquisition of main vocabulary. Evidence is kept of children’s work in books. Verbal feedback and written feedback in books, together with pupil interviews, ensure there is an impact on children’s outcomes and that children feel positive about languages.

Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

If teacher’s have issues with their teaching of MFL these can be addressed on an individual basis and appropriate support or CPD can be given.

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