Modern Foreign Languages
At The Three Saints Academy Trust, our high-quality MFL curriculum fosters pupils’ curiosity, creativity and deepens children’s understanding of the world. By learning Modern Foreign Languages, children develop tolerance and understanding of the world around them; a key link to the Fundamental British Value of Tolerance of Others. Our MFL curriculum provides children with opportunities for them to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters. We aim for children’s language learning to contribute to their knowledge as global citizens and the diverse world that they will grow up in as 21st Century citizens. Children begin their MFL in Key Stage 2, although children in EYFS and KS1 will be introduced to languages through songs, rhymes and stories to generate interest and develop initial understanding before progressing to National Curriculum MFL content in KS2. We want our children to be inspired by language learning and to give them confidence and good foundations so that they can build on learning in secondary school. At The Three Saints Academy Trust, we focus on French, enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The curriculum is planned and sequenced so that prior knowledge and learning is built on.
Children participate in a weekly 30 minute MFL lesson in Key Stage 2; KS1 teachers will expose pupils to a wide range of songs, games and cultural activities related to France. Lessons in Key Stage 2 are often, but not always, delivered by a specialist languages teacher from the Primary Languages Network. During MFL lessons, children acquire skills and knowledge, with learning taking place in small, sequential chunks with opportunities for practice and revisiting learning. Where applicable and necessary, cross-curricular links are made and additional experiences and themed days promoted, for example, European day of languages. Opportunities to monitor and assess the pupils’ progress in Modern Foreign Languages is formative and is used to support teaching and learning and inform future planning. Assessments are based on the observation of children working on different oral activities and (where appropriate) written or pictorial work.
The impact of our MFL curriculum is that, through careful planning and delivery, children develop a love of languages and a willingness to experiment and learn new languages. With time and experience, children develop confidence to speak, ask questions and communicate with others in the French. They understand and respond to spoken and written languages and develop authenticity through correct pronunciation and intonation. They acquire knowledge about France to develop global citizenship and encourage them to become active, responsible and caring members of the wider community. Our MFL curriculum ensures 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.
- pupils gain knowledge of life and traditions of another culture.
- through studying the vocabulary and grammar of another language, pupils improve their knowledge of English.