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 and knowledge about 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, to enable our children to continue their learning at our main feeder school – The Charlton Academy.
- French is taught as a coherent programme from year 3 to year 6 – building substantive knowledge to enable the children to speak, read and write in French by Year 6.
- The taught substantive knowledge is: phonics, key vocabulary and grammar. With clear sequencing and regular practise and retrieval, the children build their knowledge and understanding of the French language to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.
- The curriculum also encompasses learning about French life and culture.
One of our key drivers for our curriculum at High Ercall is diversity. It is important that we give all children the chance to learn a language to gain insights into their own lives and those of others around the world. They then can learn about people in other countries and cultures and 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;
- Develop substantive knowledge to apply to speaking, reading and writing in French
- 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. As the children move into secondary schools, they will apply their disciplinary knowledge to any taught language.
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 class in KS2 has a 2-year rolling programme. This is sequenced carefully to build upon taught knowledge in phonics, vocabulary and grammar, each building on learning from the previous year ensuring progression and each contributing to a secure development of the National Curriculum objectives. We use the ‘Primary Language Network’ online resource for teaching and learning resources – which supports all teachers including those who are not experts in speaking French.
Teachers also ensure that learning in French is not exclusive to MFL lessons but a part of the school 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?
There is a set taught French session in Class 3, 4 and 5 timetables for half an hour each week. This ensures that there is formal instruction, regular practise and constant retrieval of taught vocabulary, grammar and phonics.
The 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-term planning details cross curricular links and the sequence of lessons to ensure progression of skills and knowledge.
Each class in High Ercall Primary has 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, learning will be differentiated according to ability.
Please see the folders below with the schemes of work for each class.
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 Primary Language Network.
- Review learning in books – through scrutiny
- Lesson observation
- Shared planning
- Talk to pupils
- Governor review