MFL Curriculum Leader: Miss Young
Response to Covid-19
Due to the 2021 national lockdown, we are now teaching French lessons to KS2 remotely. Instead of teaching French weekly however, French will be taught during this lockdown period within a Celebration Languages Day and will consist of the children re-visiting topics such as greetings, numbers, family, directions and ordering at a shop/restaurant. The long-term plan will be re-implemented when the children return back to school.
The MFL Policy at Hindsford CE Primary School is designed to reflect the primary MFL entitlements.
At Hindsford CE Primary, there is a belief that the acquisition of a language is part of a broader curriculum involving language and culture.
We believe that the skills, knowledge and understanding gained through learning a new language make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others.
Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children’s ideas in this area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.
Language teaching at Hindsford Primary School intends to provide opportunities for the children to:
• Foster an interest in learning other languages.
• Have fun.
• Understand that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
• Develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
• Develop their speaking and listening skills.
Hindsford CE Primary School provides French language learning in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Each class has 1 x 30minute MFL lessons which is taught on a weekly basis.
A variety of language teaching methods are used to match groups and individuals with different
learning styles, these include games, role-play, use of a range of media and songs.
The lessons are made as entertaining and enjoyable as possible, as we realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude in the children to the learning of modern foreign languages.
At Hindsford CE Primary School, there is a clear progression of skills and understanding that builds through Key Stage based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study.
Teachers plan lessons with access to the Salut! Scheme of Work, which supports staff in ensuring that their delivery of French is accurate, even if they are not a French speaker themselves.
This planning takes account of prior learning and builds on this. At each stage, the teacher will refer to prior learning and carry out informal assessment of children’s stage of development before moving on.
Below is a copy of:
MFL Long Term Plan from Year 3 to Year 6.
MFL Progression in Skills from Year 3 to Year 6.
The intended impact of the MFL Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. (At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessment linked to the progression in skills document)
In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:
are inspired by the MFL Curriculum and want to learn more.
show the progression in their skills, knowledge and understanding in the work in their books.
can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.
learn abotu the country France and what it is like to live in this country.
Click on the website below to learn some French and play some games.
The International School Award:
This year Hindsford will be working towards the International Award. As part of this award, throughout the year we are going to be carrying out different whole school activities over the next year.
1) This year, we have made an international connection with a French speaking school in Geneva, Switzerland. Year 4 have loved communicating with their new pen pals. So far they have sent their friends a poster in French explaining who they are and then they participated in a Christmas Zoom and learnt more about their international friends. They can’t wait to return to school and receive their response posters from their pen pals!
2) At Christmas, the children learnt how Christmas is celebrated around the world and shared their learning during Family Worship. The children crossed off each country on the world map that they learnt about.
3) To celerbate the children learning French, during the Autumn Term, the children took part in a French Day. During this day, the children participated in different activties and learnt about traditions and cultures in France.
4) When it is Chinese New Year on 5th February 2020, the children will learn about how this is celebrated in China and across the world and hold a special learning day with a celebration assembly at the end of the day.