What does French look like at High Ercall?
As the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. The MFL provision at key stage 2 in High Ercall Primary School is designed to reflect this and also takes into consideration the primary MFL entitlement as set out in the National Curriculum 2014. The key elements of MFL learning at High Ercall are:
- Our language learning is inclusive and enjoyable for all.
- The main language we study is French.
- Children are exposed to different languages and cultures throughout KS1.
- French is taught as a coherent programme from year 3 to year 6.
- The curriculum also encompasses learning about French life and culture.
One of our key drivers at High Ercall of great significance in MFL lessons, is diversity. Although it enjoys much more linguistic diversity than in the past, England remains a place where the motivation to learn another language is affected by the position of English as a widely spoken, world language. This makes it even more important that we give all children the chance to learn a language in order to gain insights into their own lives and those of others around the world. They need the opportunity to learn about people in other countries and cultures and to reflect upon their own cultural identities and those of other people.
What do we want children to be able to do by the end of Year 6?
The MFL provision at key stage 2 in High Ercall Primary School follows the primary MFL entitlement as set out in the National Curriculum 2014.
Our aims and objectives in teaching MFL are for children to:
- Foster an interest in learning another language;
- Develop speaking and listening skills;
- Apply and develop their knowledge of languages and language learning;
- Gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement;
- Explore their own cultural identity and those of others;
- Increase personal aspiration.
How will this support the children in lifelong learning?
Learning French, and learning about the countries where it is spoken, increases children’s knowledge and understanding of the world and can promote aspiration for travel and a broadening of life experience. The skills pupils acquire in MFL lessons are translated across other subjects in the primary curriculum, particularly reading and writing. Speaking and listening skills are all covered in depth through the MFL curriculum. These opportunities enhance both children’s confidence and ability in these areas, equipping children with communication skills they will draw upon throughout their school career and in later life.
How is the curriculum for French organised?
At High Ercall we believe that early exposure to languages is key and encourage the language learning process from Reception. Awareness of different languages and cultures is intrinsic within the curriculum. Discrete language lessons are not taught until KS2.
The planning developed for KS2 will target objectives taken from the National Curriculum 2014. Each year group in KS2 has its own programme of study, each building on learning from the previous year ensuring progression and each contributing to a secure development of the National Curriculum objectives. Teachers make certain learning in French is not exclusive to MFL lessons but an intrinsic part of the daily routine. This enables our pupils to use their French knowledge in different contexts and repetition of key phrases increases the long-term memory, essential for lifelong learning.
How do we teach French?
In KS2 lessons are organised in three parts: a warm-up consisting of a song or game, grammar/phonics practise and introduction of topic vocabulary. Teachers also provide revision of previous learning through use of mind maps, questioning and mini quizzes. Our long-term planning ensures coverage of objectives and the medium and short term details cross curricular links and the sequence of lessons to ensure progression of skills and knowledge.
Each class in High Ercall Primary contains children from a wide range of abilities and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for them all by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. This means that, where appropriate, written work may be differentiated according to ability.
How do we review learning in French?
Assessment in MFL is carried out within the lessons as part of ongoing teaching and learning and is guided by the National Curriculum Framework, supported by resources from the Common European Framework and the Language Ladder. Attainment and progress is reported to parents at the end of the year, related to age appropriate objectives.
- Review learning in books – through scrutiny
- Lesson observation
- Shared planning
- Talk to pupils
- Governor review