Our aim at Roman Hill Primary is to instil a love of language learning and an awareness of other cultures. We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken language.
Through our teaching of MFL, we aim to give pupils a foundation for language learning that encourages and enables them to apply their skills to learning further languages, facilitating future opportunities to study and, ultimately, to work in other countries in the future.
We have six skills that run throughout our French curriculum which support the skill development alongside the knowledge of the French curriculum.
• Speaking and pronunciation
• Reading and writing
• Intercultural understanding
• Language detective skills
The Kapow scheme covers each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the above strands. The progression of skills and knowledge that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of Key Stage 2.
Pupils are given opportunities to communicate for practical purposes around familiar subjects and routines. We provide balanced opportunities for communication in both spoken and written French.
Our curriculum is a spiral curriculum, with key skills and vocabulary revisited repeatedly with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Cross-curricular links are included where strong and relevant, allowing children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning.
Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including role-play, language games and language detective work. Our chosen scheme of work focuses on developing ‘language detective skills’ and developing an understanding of French grammar, rather than on committing to memory vast amounts of French vocabulary.
Every lesson includes opportunities to scaffold tasks, ensuring that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all. This is achieved through use of, and adaptation of the ‘adaptive teaching’ and ‘reasonable adjustments’ sections available on all lesson plans.
The impact of MFL teaching at Roman Hill Primary is monitored continuously through both formative and summative assessment. Each lesson includes opportunities to assess pupils against learning objectives.
Pupils should leave Roman Hill Primary equipped with a range of language-learning skills enabling them to study French, or any other language, with confidence at Key Stage 3.
Children leaving Roman Hill Primary will:
Be able to engage in purposeful dialogue in practical situations.
Be able to express an opinion.
Make increasingly accurate attempts to read unfamiliar words, phrases, and short texts.
Speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately.
Use a bilingual dictionary to support their language learning.
Be able to identify word classes in a sentence and apply grammatical rules they have learnt.
Have developed an awareness of cognates and near-cognates and be able to use them to tackle unfamiliar words in French, English, and other languages.
Be able to construct short texts on familiar topics.
Meet the end of Key Stage 2 stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Languages.