Our Curriculum : Modern Foreign Languages French
‘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 National Curriculum 2014 - KS2 PoS for Languages – Purpose of study
Language is an essential means of every day communication and interaction. Learning another language raises awareness of the multi-lingual and multi-cultural world in which we live. It introduces an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.
At East Hunsbury Primary School, it is our intention to provide a language curriculum that is aspirational, enabling and inclusive, as well as being a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all. We intend for our pupils to develop communication and literacy skills that will provide the foundation for their future language learning.
We intend children to develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between a foreign language and English.
The intention of our MFL curriculum is:
- To deliver the learning of the French language and its culture in enjoyable and interesting ways.
- To embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
- To extend pupils’ cultural knowledge so that they develop an awareness of the similarities and differences between cultures.
- To foster an interest in and a thirst for learning other languages.
- To lay the foundations for future language learning.
- To broaden their frame of reference and knowledge within the wider curriculum.
- To be ambitious.
Our Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) curriculum is delivered using the Catherine Cheater scheme of work which is taught in weekly lessons across KS2. The scheme is structured to progressively develop knowledge and skills in French across the years and is designed to build on previous knowledge from units already studied. We chose this scheme as the underlying principles matched our curriculum philosophy and ethos:
- We want children to enjoy their early years of learning French and to value the sights and sounds of France, the rhythm of the language and the real pleasure that can be gained from contact with the written word.
- We want children to make real and measurable progress in their learning through the innovative activities, the challenging tasks and the desire to understand more and more as they listen to, speak and read French.”
Extract from the rationale for the Catherine Cheater Scheme of Work
Our MFL curriculum is concerned with the study of three progressive learning objectives:
- Intercultural understanding
and two ‘cross-cutting’ strands:
- Knowledge about language
- Language learning strategies.
Pupils follow the scheme working towards the learning objectives outlined in the KS2 Framework for Languages as set out within the National Curriculum.
All lessons have a sound-filed PPT to accompany and support delivery and the content is designed to motivate the pupils right from the start.
The scheme proposes the use of various resources to enrich the learning experience, including music and song, fiction and non-fiction books, games, finger rhymes, flashcards and internet sites and information.
Lessons are mainly practical in focus at early KS2 and build progressively on previous knowledge, learned over the four years of study, to a somewhat more formal approach by the end of KS2 in preparation for KS3.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Observing pupils speaking and listening in French
- Pupil engagement in lessons
- Marking of written work
- Termly assessments
- Ongoing ‘assessment through learning’ throughout lessons
- Interviewing pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
The impact of MFL teaching on the pupils’ learning will be continually monitored by the MFL subject lead. This will ensure the progress of knowledge and skills being taught and that this is retained by the pupils. This will be continually revisited to check that the pupils are able to apply the skills taught to a variety of settings, showing independence with their learning.
Impact will also be measured through key questioning skills built into the lessons of the MFL scheme and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.