Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Nash is our MFL Co Ordinator.
What does MFL look like at The Richard Heathcote CP School?
French is taught across all year groups in our school but as Government guidelines suggest it is statutory only in KS2, it is taught on an ad hoc basis in KS1.
Children will talk about France, its geography and celebrations and learn basics such as numbers and birthdays (see Long Term Plan on OneDrive).
We teach French using the Rigolo software which is downloaded to all teachers’ lap tops. Teachers have received basic training in how to use the resources and teach French according to our Long Term Plan (see OneDrive).
PMFL (French) Curriculum
At The Richard Heathcote Community Primary School, we aim for all children to succeed in languages. We would like for all children to develop a high level of understanding in this area and to be able to apply their language skills across other areas of the curriculum and in everyday life. We aim for children to make good or better progress throughout their school journey and for attainment to be in line or above national expectations.
We know that children learn best when they are enjoying themselves. Therefore, we aim to make our language lessons fun and challenging by enhancing the national curriculum with many different learning experiences. In our school we teach a foreign language (French) to all children as part of the normal school curriculum. We do this for several reasons.
We therefore believe that it is desirable to introduce a new language to children when they are at primary school, as they tend to be less self-conscious about speaking aloud at this stage of their development. It is widely believed that the early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates lifelong language learning. We believe that learning a modern foreign language helps all pupils develop their interests and curiosity in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. This includes learning about countries, cultures, peoples and communities. Learning a foreign language helps pupils to extend their communication skills and enhances self-esteem.
The main focus of MFL teaching at The Richard Heathcote CP School is French. All pupils begin learning French on an ‘as and when’ basis in KS1 using resources supplied by the coordinator and previously from the CELL. In KS2 all children are taught by class teachers using the Rigolo scheme of work linked to Government schemes. Andy Nash, subject leader for French has overall charge of the MFL work in school.
In KS2 we have planned for a time-tabled lesson per week which forms a part of the school’s policy to provide an enriched curriculum and satisfies Government requirements.
Planning is cross referenced to The Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages, using Rigolo, an ICT based scheme.
Teaching and learning styles may vary but there are two fundamental principles which should be adopted.
PMFL lessons should therefore reflect the paramount need for the learner to be engaged in activities which:-
Much language learning can be done informally and incidentally through using the language for real purposes e.g. taking the register, classroom commands, giving routine instructions, celebrating achievements, singing, dance, PE, storytelling and birthdays (regular in KS1). With the addition of this informal teaching time, the recommended one hour per week for the KS2 MFL Framework is met.
We are devoted to embedding language learning into the normal curriculum wherever possible. Staff are actively encouraged to quest opportunity for including language learning throughout the school day.
We believe that a foreign language is effectively taught in ordinary classroom situations, using regular routines, songs and games which children find enjoyable and motivating.
Both in lessons and in informal use of the foreign language the emphasis is to learn whilst having fun!
The language structures and vocabulary that teachers need to effectively deliver the entitlement can be learnt easily by any enthusiastic primary teacher, whatever the starting point in the language concerned.
MFL is taught through song, games, role play, activity and daily routines whilst making maximum use of the target language. Cross curricular links are made to other subjects where appropriate. Pupils will learn how to:
We can measure the impact of our MFL curriculum by the following:
The impact will be measured by comparing termly formative assessment (Dotties) as well as
book monitoring, drop-ins and formal observations. This will ensure children make excellent progress in MFL.
For children to be confident and successful learners who are constantly engaged and excited to learn and to be able to apply MFL to many cross curricular areas and to life skills.
For children to develop a growth mind-set and have the self-confidence and belief that they can succeed in MFL.
The impact of success and personal development will be measured by pupil voice and data.
Long term planning
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