Modern Foreign Languages
Curriculum Statement - MFL
It is our intent at Buntingsdale 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 and helps provide them with an understanding of the world. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our whole school values of RESPECT where many religions and cultures are represented.
All pupils at Buntingsdale will be expected to achieve their full potential in their foreign language learning (French) - the ultimate aim is that pupils will feel confident engaging in spoken French, develop skills in reading, listening and writing, and know how important languages will be in their future. We hope that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and curiosity about languages, finding them enjoyable and exciting and show a desire to continue their language learning past KS2.
In our scheme of work - “Language Angels” – the French curriculum has a focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as making children aware of grammatical features of the French language. Teachers follow the sequence of lessons from this scheme of work adapted to suit our pupils covering a wide variety of topics and themes which delivers the requirements of the National Curriculum through half-termly units of work. For year 3/4, weekly lessons are taught for 30 minutes and Year 5/6 for 40 minutes ensuring progression by building on previous lessons. Previous language will be revised, recalled and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate. Evidence of lessons taught are captured in children’s French books (either photos, drawings, sentences, captions.). These books move with pupils from year 3 to year 6 so that previous learning is accessible to all. Pupils will continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language learning journey through Buntingsdale. Performance is a key part of pupils’ French learning. The opportunities that we plan for this includes singing songs, drama / role play activities and performing rhymes. Occasionally this is recorded and uploaded to our staff server to allow children to see the progression they have made over time. The subject leader for MFL identifies the school needs and co- ordinates professional development opportunities.
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the National Curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures.