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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Christ Church CE VA Primary School

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Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Aims

The national curriculum for languages 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

Intent

We teach MFL not only for the purposes of the National Curriculum as above but also to support English communication skills, including key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing as the children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed and extended. 

Lessons will enable pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The linguistic skills gained will assist and lay foundations for further language learning.

Our MFL teaching will provide pupils with the confidence and independence to explore and be able to attempt manipulation of the structure of language. 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:

Children at Christ Church learn French.

In KS1, class teachers give our children an ‘Education of Ear’- listening to stories, learning songs and rhymes and having an awareness of another country’s culture in order to build confidence in the target language and develop an enthusiasm for language learning. In KS2, this is built upon with our children being taught by our French specialist Teaching Assistant who teaches Lower KS2. Upper KS2 teach French to their own classes. Lessons are approximately 40 minutes long each week.

Our school has been involved in an Erasmus+ funded project to raise competence and confidence levels in French language, raise staff and children’s intercultural understanding and to raise the profile of French in school, embedding it into our curriculum where possible using cross curricular links. One staff member, the MFL subject leader, attended an 8 day immersion course in France, where she also was able to establish a school link with a school in Toulouse (Elémentaire Jean Gallia).

Christ Church CE Primary School follow the Janet Lloyd scheme of work. All planning/resources/ sound files/ activity ideas provided for staff can be found at www.janetlloyd.net All plans are adapted from the Janet Lloyd Network to suit our children’s needs. Alongside the planning provided, the network also enriches this through accompanying power points, pod casts (spoken by native speakers) links to authentic literature, songs, games, culture points of reference, links to appropriate websites.

 To promote an active learning of languages a range of teaching methods are implemented to ensure that the children are developing their linguistic skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to be secondary-ready.

Activities can consist of:

  • actions,
  • rhymes,
  • stories,
  • song,
  • drama activities,
  • grammar tasks,
  •  engaging with video clips,
  • air writing,
  •  investigating sentence structure,
  •  dictionary work,
  • book making,
  • use of APPS on IPads

and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills including participation in annual activities to support ‘European Languages Day’.

We hope to develop this further through communicating with our link school, Elémentaire Jean Gallia in Toulouse.

Impact:

Children are progressing to meet Age-related expectations with the support of their Tutors and teachers; children are progressively more knowledgeable as to French conversation and culture, the latter supported by the annual ‘European Languages Day’ events.  

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