Subject Lead : Mr Mulroy
‘A doorway into other cultures’
At Fairburn View Primary, we believe that language learning is extremely important. Learning a foreign language allows a greater and broader perspective on those who inhabit the world. At FVP, we offer French lessons to those in Years 3 to 6. We seek to empower our children with an ability to communicate with those who live beyond English-speaking territories. We also serve to provide an insight into another culture with its rich and diverse traditions.
Pupils in KS1 are made aware of other languages when appropriate (assemblies, Religious Education, topic work etc).
- To deliver a structured MFL curriculum which provides all KS2 pupils with the foundations of French conversational language
- To enthuse and prepare pupils for learning MFL in KS3 and KS4
- To use the teaching of French to promote acceptance of diversity within society
- A clear, structured and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum (using the Local Authority’s La Jolie Ronde Scheme of Work).
- Following the disruption caused by Covid-19, each year group may not necessarily be taught the age-appropriate scheme of work, but the one best suited to their prior knowledge.
- French is taught weekly in each year group.
- A range of work is recorded in books (written, pictures, games, photographs). Pupils are made aware of differing grammatical conventions when using the French language.
- Regular and engaging teaching of MFL – monitored/observed in lessons/books by subject leader.
- There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge throughout the KS2 MFL curriculum.
- Pupil Voice assesses attitudes towards the subject.
- French occasionally incorporated into assemblies (led by subject leader).
- Pupils to study the basic geography of France (where it is etc), and French-speaking countries around the world.
- Children will recognise key French vocabulary and phrases.
- Appropriate to what they have been taught, children will be able to hold a conversation in French.
- Children will be able to write a limited amount in French, and understand some French grammatical conventions.
- Most children will achieve age-related expectations by the end of the year.
- Pupils are enthused by lessons, and prepared for the continued study of French at KS3.
- EYFS and KS1 are occasionally exposed to a different language, delivered in an accessible way (eg stories in assembly).
- Stimulates an awareness of other countries, and French-speaking countries – this demonstrates how language, culture and religion can spread around the world.
National Curriculum 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.
Key stage 2: Foreign language
Pupils should be taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.