MFL within the White Peak Federation
All pupils within the White Peak Federation have the right to a rich and deep learning experience that includes the learning of the basics of an additional language. The study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.
Language learning provides an opening to other cultures. Pupils use language to communicate information responsibly and creatively; learning how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures across our school and wider demographic. In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language, and the building blocks which form this. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased capability in the use of languages can also promote initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
We teach a curriculum that enables our pupils to become effective users of language, and show an understanding and respect of different cultures in our local, national and global communities. Through the teaching of French within the White Peak Federation, we aim to:
- Ensure every child has the opportunity, throughout Key Stage 2, to study French as a foreign language; developing their interest in the culture of other nations, communities and beliefs.
- Ensure pupils have access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities.
- Ensure pupils have exposure to simple commands including day -to -day French language, including days, months, numbers and classroom instructions.
- Ensure pupils develop an increased wider cultural understanding through our enriched and varied curriculum to which languages contribute.
- Provide language informed by the National Curriculum and the skills expressed in this: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.
All pupils will have access to a high-quality foreign languages curriculum using our tailored curriculum. This will progressively develop pupil skills in a foreign language through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in KS2 taught by class teachers / HLTAs. Pupils will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The school has an MFL curriculum document in place which will serve as an overall ‘teaching map’ outlining for all teachers within the school what each class in each year group will be taught and when it will be taught. Each teaching unit is divided into 6 fully planned lessons. Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units. Pupil learning and progression will be assessed at regular intervals.
Teachers and pupils are encouraged to use French in daily routines, for example, through answering the register.
Our MFL curriculum is fun and enjoyed by learners, well-resourced and planned with the intention to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 2.
In addition, we intend to measure the impact of our curriculum through:
- Pupil discussions about their learning through the use of pupil voice;
- Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills defined in each year of study;
- Children applying their knowledge of language to other areas of the curriculum;
- Children applying their cultural understanding and tolerance across society and cultures.
- Pupils are expected to make good or better than good progress in their foreign language learning and their individual progress is tracked and reported to pupils and parents / carers in line with school recommendations. If pupils are not progressing in line with expectations, this will be identified in the End of Unit assessments. This will enable teachers to address any areas that require attention in any of the language learning skills.