At Newton Primary School, the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages is regarded as an important part of a child’s education. The children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence, we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. Whilst planning, we actively plan links to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries through; the Newton Values, British values and curriculum enrichment opportunities. We strive to embed 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.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We use the Salut! KS2 French to ensure coverage and progression across school. All our children in KS2 will have regular language lessons. Children in Year 2 will complete the first Core unit during the summer term and will recap this in Year 3.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, 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 whether possible instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible and I day to day contexts.
- Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.
- French word books and dictionaries are available for children to have out on desks to support their learning and recap previous learning.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Observing children speaking and listening in another language.
- Marking of written work.
- Images and videos of children completing speaking and listening activities.
- Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Learning walks.
- Subject tracking.