MFL Statement of Intent, Implementation and Impact
The 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages aims to ensure that all children:
• Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
• Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are 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.
A high quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At St Paul’s we are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life. The teaching of French in KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3.
Our youngest pupils sing songs and learn rhymes and greetings in various different languages, including BSL. This enables them to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English. Children are then introduced to French from Year 3. One teacher in each year group is the French specialist and teaches both classes on a weekly basis. Our Key Stage 2 French lessons support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
• Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games.
• We make the most of every opportunity made by our local secondary schools, for example, the ‘Year 5 Languages Day’, which is organised by The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School.
• Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French that are delivered through the curriculum content.
• We follow a topic-based approach to our language-learning.
• Cross curricular links with PE and music are provided, and we regularly sing multilingual songs during whole-school assemblies.
• One of our Key Stage 2 teachers has made use of British Council funding and has been on several residential courses in different areas of France. She has disseminated her knowledge and experience to the other members of the Key Stage 2 teaching team.
• Previous links with French schools have been successful, with regular correspondence taking place. We are currently looking for another link school.
• Events such as our ‘Around the World Day’ enable the whole school to be immersed in the inclusion of different cultures and use other languages meaningfully in context.
Our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages are spoken in the world, including the range of around 20 different home languages spoken by the families of the school, as well as French. In Key Stage 2, eye-catching displays and resources such as French dictionaries encourage our pupils to become curious about language-learning. Varied learning experiences such as our ‘Around the World Day’ and the extra-curricular French and Spanish clubs (run by peripatetic teachers from ‘La Jolie Ronde’) also ensure that languages are celebrated throughout the school community, whilst providing a context for language learning and developing the children’s understanding of different cultures.
At St Paul’s we provide children with a good start in acquiring a modern foreign language. Our main focus is on French and children will have lots of opportunities in class to develop their spoken, written and listening skills.
We also provide opportunities after school to learn French and Spanish.