Modern Foreign Language- French
At Tudor Primary School, our intent is to provide all of our KS2 children with a quality education of Modern Foreign Languages that helps them to develop a love of learning languages. We also aim to build on children’s ‘cultural capital’ so that children develop knowledge beyond their everyday experience which will allow them to engage with the wider world.
Children in KS2 are taught French and follow a progressive and comprehensive scheme of work. The ultimate aim is that pupils will feel confident engaging in spoken French, develop skills in reading, listening and writing, and know how important languages will be in their future. We hope that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and curiosity about languages, finding them enjoyable and exciting and show a desire to continue their language learning past KS2.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression framework using a scheme of work.
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.
• Continually improve 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
Key stage 2
The MFL curriculum is taught once a week to children from Year 3 to Year 6 by a primary language specialist teacher. Pupils acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Pupils are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, pupils record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught and all necessary phonics, grammar and vocabulary is covered in a logical and progressive way across Key stage 2 . This enables our pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning. Activities are cross curricular and consist of actions, rhymes, stories, song, drama, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, and other creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills
Through the high quality first teaching of French, evidence from the children’s books, assessment, learning walks, pupil voice and lessons will show the impact of the subject in the following ways:
• Children will be able to communicate with each other in French
• 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 through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Children will develop an understanding of the French culture.
• Children are prepared to continue and develop their language skills KS3.