Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. At St John's the intent of our MFL curriculum is to nurture a thirst for learning and a passion for languages. We introduce the learning of the French language at Key Stage Two and embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We aim to build the children’s ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our pupils' primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written French, confidence to speak in French with others and know how important other languages can be in their future. In short, it is our intention to light the spark and lay the foundations for future language learning at Key Stage Three and beyond.
Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. We are currently using the QCA units to deliver our French lessons. These ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organized around topics. They ensure development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied. All children in KS2 are taught French in a weekly discreet lesson. This is delivered by the class teacher or another qualified teacher during PPA. KS1 children are introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally when studying another country. We are also focusing on French outside the classroom. Songs will be learnt in French during whole school assemblies and signs around the school will also be displayed to make language learning more meaningful and give it a purpose.
Our MFL curriculum is fun and enjoyed by learners, well-resourced and planned to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 2. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:
- Pupil discussions about their learning through the use of pupil voice
- Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills defined in each year of study
- Children applying their knowledge of language to other areas of the curriculum
- Children applying their cultural understanding and tolerance across society and cultures
At the end of our curriculum, pupil will:
- know a range of French Vocabulary
- be able to hold a simple conversation in French
- begin to write sentences and phrases using French