Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Overview 2019-2020
Our MFL curriculum is designed to celebrate the children’s home languages and develop their overall language skills. We foster and promote a love of languages by taking part in a range of exciting activities, such as story books, dictionary work, songs, games and special events. Our curriculum develops children’s listening, speaking, phonics, reading and writing in French. We have chosen French due to its links with English and to support our main feeder high school, which teaches French in Y7. Through learning a foreign language, children are introduced to a new perception of the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and that of others and to develop their awareness and celebration of the similarities and differences.
Our MFL curriculum is taught over a period of 4 years, from year 3 to year 6, allowing for regular planned revisits of language acquired and progression over time. We aim for pupils to arrive at high school with confidence in their language skills. We follow a scheme of work which we have adapted as required. Learning Objectives have a repeated theme connecting prior learning with new learning, so that children are able to make links between the vocabulary and grammar they learn in order to build on their language skills. Our units of study include all 12 points of the Programme of Study and we incorporate a number of opportunities cultural exploration, not only linked to the French we learn but also linked to other languages on European Day of Languages. Our school community speaks over 30 different languages, which we particularly focus on during International Mother Tongue Languages Day. Through our language teaching, we aim to foster our pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world and their love of languages.
Please watch the short video below from our recent language day at school.