Recognising our place in the wider world is a fundamental principle within our school community. At Marton cum Grafton, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to We pride ourselves on providing the opportunity for all children to learn a language during their time at our school.
We intend to:
- introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways.
- embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
- stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it
- support oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills
- help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences
- lay the foundations for future language study by pupils
- build the children’s ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through weekly taught lessons in KS2.
Each lesson, children build on the skills that they have already learnt and develop new ones through a range of fun, exciting and engaging activities:
- learning French vocabulary
- asking and answering questions, and following instructions in French
- reinforcing memory with mime and physical actions
- playing games and learning songs
- video clips
- using bilingual dictionaries
- teaching of basic French grammar, sentence structure and spelling patterns
- learning French phonics
- researching and learning about life in France
- writing phrases and sentences
- reading bilingual stories
- creative tasks to demonstrate learning.
In KS1, children take part in regular fun activities, games and songs to help them to develop awareness of basic French words and phrases.
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