Modern Foreign Languages

Intent

At St. Andrew’s we believe that the learning of a Modern Foreign Language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

 

Implementation

Here at St. Andrew’s French is taught to all pupils in Key Stage 2 by a specialist MFL teacher. Our MFL Curriculum is designed to develop children’s skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Our school follows the Primary Languages Network Scheme of Work. It is a live scheme which is continually updated and revised in order to meet with current curriculum standards. Alongside the planning provided, the network also enriches this through accompanying power points, podcasts (spoken by native speakers) links to authentic literature, songs, games, culture points of reference and links to appropriate websites.

 

We promote an active learning of languages using a range of teaching methods. This is to ensure that the children are continually developing their linguistic skills.

The children learn through listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Activities consist of:

  • Actions and rhymes,
  • Stories or songs,
  • Drama,
  • Grammar focus and sentence structure games,
  • Video clips, air writing, dictionary work and book making.

All plans are adapted from the Janet Lloyd Network to suit our children’s needs.

 

Impact

Our MFL Curriculum covers a broad range of topics and revisits these throughout the different year groups to ensure progression and that the children are developing their linguistic skills.  Our children tell us that they enjoy learning another language.  They are aware that the French language has a structure which is different from the English language.  Children are observed speaking French with increasing confidence.  They are able to ask questions and take part in discussions.  They are continually encouraged to improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.  To help children develop an awareness of cultural differences we plan events, which can be shared with parents, such as a French Café.

 

We assess the children across the four language skill areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and the progress made in these throughout Key Stage 2.  This is done informally during the lessons as well as at the end of a particular topic in order to evaluate what the children have learned.