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Sir John Offley CE (VC) Primary School

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 Modern Foreign Languages-Intent, Impact and Implementation

 

 

Intent

At Sir John Offley Primary School, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and a 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 and writing. We aim to build the children’s ‘cultural capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. The key aim which we hope to achieve, is to lay the foundations for future language learning.

Within our school, we are working hard to raise the profile of MFL both inside and outside of the classroom because we are aware of the huge benefits language learning provide.

Implementation

  • Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. We are currently using a curriculum map designed to be progressive. These ensure that children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics. They ensure development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied. They also ensure development within the four key areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • All children in KS2 are taught French in a weekly discrete lesson. This is delivered either by the class teacher or another qualified teacher during PPA.
  • We are also focusing on French outside of the classroom. Songs will be learnt in French during key stage 2 assemblies which will be selected to support in class learning. There will also be signs displayed around the school to make language learning more meaningful and give it a purpose.
  • We have held and will continue to hold, activities such as making French crepes to support children’s cultural capital with regards to French.
  • We ensure that French is a key part of our learning by learning French songs for key celebrations such as the Christmas Carol concert.

Impact

  • The use of the French language in other aspects of school throughout the day such as during a P.E. lesson or taking the register, helps to instil the language skills for the children and supports them with their listening / speaking skills in French in addition to showing them that it is not only useful in a ‘French lesson’.
  • Learning French songs for occasions such as the Christmas carol concert helps children with their love of learning the language whilst also supporting their pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition.
  • The use of the French star award certificate in the celebration assembly has helped to raise the profile of French across Key Stage 2 alongside improving children’s enthusiasm and motivations to learn.
  • Teachers assess French throughout lessons using ‘assessment through learning’. This could be through the tasks that the children complete, or through games and quizzes carried out as a plenary This helps teachers identify strengths and weaknesses and therefore to plan for future lessons.

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