MFL CURRICULUM STATEMENT: INTENT
At Hunnyhill Primary School, we believe that learning a foreign language is a valuable experience for our pupils, helping them to develop the key communication skills of speaking and listening, as well as developing a broader understanding of how languages work - including their own. In addition, language learning opens us up to the rest of the world socially and culturally, encouraging us to understand our own culture as well as those of others.
The intention of the French curriculum at Hunnyhill is that children are taught to develop an interest in language learning in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We aim to grow children’s confidence, stimulate their curiosity about language, and develop their awareness of cultural differences. Our curriculum embeds the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, which form the foundation for future language learning. Children progressively develop their skills - acquiring, using and applying a growing bank of vocabulary.
At Hunnyhill we provide regular French lessons for all children in Key Stage Two, with some input also in Key Stage One.
The teaching of French at Hunnyhill follows the Niveau Bleu scheme of work. This has been created by the Institut Francais: Royaume Uni, the Association for Language Learning and the Network for Languages.
Following this scheme ensures continuity and progression in both skills and content throughout the school.
“Learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained can 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.”
The Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages (DfES 2005).
MFL CURRICULUM – IMPLEMENT
At Hunnyhill, we support children to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversation, songs and games. As their confidence grows, they begin to record their work through pictures, labels and sentences.
At present, French across the school is mostly delivered by one designated staff member, who has very good subject knowledge. Other teachers who deliver their own French lessons are supported by the materials available, which include audio clips as necessary to ensure correct pronunciation and intonation. All materials are included in the resource pack, which allows us to avoid discrepancies and inconsistencies across the school.
- Practical activities, songs and games help improve memory and recall.
- Children access a learning scheme that includes key words, pronunciation clips and activities
- Instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible
- Visual prompts support children in translating new vocabulary.
- Children keep personal word banks in their workbooks, which are available to support their learning and recap previous learning.
Our learning scheme ensures that all children are accessing work at age related expectations, and each module offers an assessment activity at the end.
MFL CURRICULUM – IMPACT
As well as instilling a love of language and wider cultural understanding, our French curriculum at Hunnyhill will ensure that pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the National Curriculum, as follows:
understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied