MFL (French) Curriculum Leader - Mrs L Dalton
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures, which is extremely important for our children. We aim to provide a high-quality languages education, which fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world, enabling them to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It is our intention to provide opportunities for our children to communicate for practical purposes in order to make a major contribution to the development of their oracy and literacy skills, whilst developing their understanding of their own culture/s and having respect for that of others. However, it is our intention to make the French curriculum fun so they are engaged and inspired to learn other languages in the future.
French is taught weekly in KS2 according to the guidance in the National curriculum documentation using the scheme ‘Niveau’. Teachers use this scheme, as it is very supportive for staff in ensuring that their delivery of French is accurate, even if they are not a French speaker themselves. As a result, our pupils will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around the year group modules. In lessons, children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. In addition, at other points within the school week, classroom instructions and routines are spoken in French in order to further rehearse and embed their skills. As confidence grows and learning progresses, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. Annually, we take part in a French celebration “Kermesse” along with other schools in the Wigan Borough to raise engagement across the community for MFL.
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Assessment descriptions for each module assist teachers in making judgements about pupils’ attainment. Teacher assessments (TA) are made primarily from children’s speaking and listening skills, supported by evidence from their books/folders. TA data is inputted onto our school tracking system bi-annually at February half term and at the end of the academic year in July.
The intended impact of the MFL curriculum is that the majority of children in KS2 are working at the expected standards for their age. In addition to this, we want them to be inspired by languages; be able to show progression in their skills and subject knowledge providing the foundation for learning further languages, equipping our pupils to potentially study and work in other countries. It is important for our children to have respect for other cultures and understand where their learning in MFL can take them into the future!