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Modern Foreign Languages

 

At Welbourn Church of England Primary School, we learn Modern Foreign Languages and teach French.

 

Intent

At Welbourn CE Primary School, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking, writing and grammar. We aim to build the children’s ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. In short, we hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.

We follow the National Curriculum for languages, which  aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

Click here to view the National Curriculum requirements for Languages 

Click here to view our Long term plan for French

Implementation

Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. We are currently using the  https://www.languageangels.com/schools/ to deliver our French lessons. These ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised 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.  

Impact

Teachers assess French throughout lessons using ‘assessment for learning’. This helps teachers plan for future lessons. Children will also complete a termly assessment to see knowledge and skills that they have retained and built upon.