Modern Foreign Languages

Intent

Our intent is to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), which will develop their love of lifelong learning about other languages and cultures. Many of our children are already bilingual and we aim for them to be multilingual as we teach them French. Our intention is to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written French, confidence to speak in French with others and know how important languages can be in their future.

Through the teaching of French, we aim for our pupils to:

  • Be engaged and inspired to learn the language in a fun and immersive way.
  • Develop not only their language skills, but also their love of learning a language.
  • Achieve together and share their learning through conversation with each other.

Research has shown that children who learn a language at a young age are more likely to learn other languages as well as travel to other countries. Learning different languages will raise aspirations for all our children.

Implementation

French is taught across Key Stage 2 on a weekly basis. ‘Twinkl Plan It’ is used for teaching resources and planning. We cover a wide range of topics designed to engage and inspire children.

French is taught in a systematic and engaging manner; with a huge focus on practical tasks, such as drama, story-telling, role-play, speaking and listening. At the beginning of each session, children are supported to recall knowledge from previous sessions. With the aim of giving children the ability to speak confidently in French, all sessions involve plenty of time for oral rehearsal and conversations in pairs or small groups. Teachers encourage children to use gestures or actions to aid their understanding. To consolidate learning and promote quick recall, children often play games which include new grammar and vocabulary from the lesson.

Formative assessment centres around questioning and verbal discussion, as well as written work in books.

Impact

Through the high quality first teaching of French taking place, we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:

  • Children will become aware that a language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • Children will develop their language and communication through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of the French culture.
  • Children will transfer to KS3 effectively and successfully and will be well prepared to continue and develop their language skills.

Pupil Voice

“Learning a language is helpful if you go to a different country.”  Year 6 child.

“It’s a good thing to do.” Year 6 child- after we had talked about being good citizens of the world.

“Learning French can be really fun!” Year 3 child.

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