Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Planned units allow pupils to develop the key vocabulary and grammar skills to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, and understand and respond to its speaker. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to communicate and apply language learning in a practical, meaningful context. In addition to this, through explicit teaching of cultural traditions, we aim to explore differences and similarities in cultures to promote respect and tolerance.
All of the National Curriculum is taught but via an enriched National Curriculum+ offer and ‘50 things’, we ensure that children have as many opportunities to make meaningful links to real life contexts and experiences.
As part of our curriculum offer, MFL is taught 30 minutes per week throughout KS2. Our MFL curriculum is broken down into units of work. Each year group teaches one unit per term. Throughout the units, key language and grammar is recapped and developed to create a progressive curriculum for our children. To place learning in a purposeful context each year group has a French text to read throughout the year. In order to develop cultural understanding, each year group will study a French holiday once a year.
At Linthorpe, we believe that knowledge is the essential foundation needed for learning, and for skills to be built upon. Each french unit has a ‘Knowledge organiser’ which contain the basic vocabulary and grammar skills that we ensure the children will acquire over the course of the unit. Our children are taught using these organisers and they are referenced in lessons.
At the end of each term, the children will complete a quiz based on their new French knowledge. The quizzes allow us to assess children’s knowledge of vocabulary, reading and grammar. Children’s speaking and listening ability is assessed within sessions. In Year 6, children will be provided with opportunities for extended pieces of writing. This will allow for staff to gain a deep insight into children’s writing ability and grammatical understanding.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development in MFL
At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we recognise that the personal development of our pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness plays a significant role in their ability to learn, achieve and shine.
Spiritual - Pupils are provided with engaging MFL lessons which encourages them to develop a curiosity and enthusiasm for language learning.
Moral – Learning a foreign language promotes respect and tolerance of others. Speaking and listening activities are included in every MFL session. Speaking in front of the class and with a partner, promotes respect for one another.
Social – Throughout MFL lessons, pupils are encouraged to work effectively with others and build good relationships.
Cultural – Through the teaching of cultural events and traditions, pupils develop their cultural knowledge and understanding of the wider world.