Languages

INTENT

All children have the right to deep learning experiences that expose them to the oral and written aspects of an MFL . Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality language 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 literature in the original language. Links are made between the children’s first language of learning and new vocabulary in the MFL that is being taught along with an understanding of similarities and differences in grammar. 

Curriculum Research Review June 2021

Pupils will be have the opportunity 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 languages – understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine 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.


IMPLEMENTATION


Pupils are 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 and how to write simple sentences
  • We are catering for our Disadvantage Pupils by ensuring that there is full access and support during lessons if needed
  • All students and backgrounds are catered for to reach their full potential.

IMPACT


Our MFL curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. The impact of children's progression is monitored termly by the MFL lead and we ensure that every topic has meaningful links to other areas of the curriculum. 
By teaching MFL we are adhering to the LEO objective of ensuring our pupils are Global Citizens who, via their language lessons, readily develop empathy with other cultures.
In learning a MFL effectively, the impact on pupils’ English language development is enhanced via the identification of similarities in vocabulary and differences/similarities in grammar structure.