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Intent Statement

Intent

It is our intent at Brookfield Primary School to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), which develops their love of learning about other languages and cultures.

Our current MFL taught is French.  It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written French, confidence to speak it with others and understand how important other languages can be for their future. We have specialist teachers who are passionate about French teaching and give our children a broad, progressive and exciting curriculum experience.

 

Implementation

Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop not only our children’s language skills, but also their love of learning a language. It progressively develops language skills, through weekly lessons. This allows the children to acquire new language and use and apply it in a range of different scenarios and topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games.

All children in KS2  have regular language lessons with our specialist language teachers in partnership with UCLAN. During these lessons metacognition strategies are used and marking and feedback is live and timely in order to make impact.

 

As confidence and skills grow, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.  

-displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary

-practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall.

-In the classroom, wherever possible and appropriate, instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible in day to day contexts.   

-Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.

-Word mats/ Knowledge organisers are available for children to have out on desks to support their learning and recap previous learning.

Annually we celebrate European Day of Languages in September and follow a theme for that day.

 

Impact

Our MFL curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures.

These are as follows:

  • 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.

How it is assessed:

We strive to ensure that our pupil’s attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. The learning challenges used and progression girds used to plan and teach MFL, ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives. 

Beyond this we also expect that:

 

  • Children will know more, remember more French vocabulary.
  • Children will have the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.

 

As linguists children will learn lessons from MFL to influence the decisions they make in their lives and create an inquisitive curiosity of different cultures.

 

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