Modern Foreign Languages
At Churchfield CE Academy we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including the key skills of speaking and listening, and extends their knowledge of how language works. additionally, learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. Children in Years 1 – 6 learn French.
Churchfield CE Academy aims to provide children with opportunities to share their knowledge of the customs, heritage and culture of their family language, in EYFS and throughout the school. We believe that it is vital for all children to develop their understanding and knowledge of the wider world and to become more aware of the diversity of cultures that makes up our modern society.
- To deliver high quality French teaching, so that our pupils develop enjoyment, confidence and accuracy of pronunciation in speaking French;
- To begin to prepare pupils for developing skills at a higher level in French, to prepare them for a future in the workplace, at home or in other countries.
- To provide a flexible, progressive curriculum, that meets the national curriculum requirements in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and intercultural understanding, which enables children of all abilities to be challenged and make progress.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
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.
We provide high-quality language instruction to KS1 and KS2 pupils, to inspire enjoyment, confidence, accuracy and enthusiasm in developing language skills, and an awareness of the wider world, beyond their experience.
Celebrate and value the diversity of languages represented in our school community.
Languages and cultures are celebrated through the festival calendar.
Children are introduced to French from Year 1 and receive a weekly 30 minute lesson, throughout their time in school. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English.
Lessons across the Key Stage support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing:
Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games.
Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French that are delivered through the curriculum content.
Children develop the skills to write for different purposes and audiences and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French.
We follow the primary MFL scheme of work from “Easy MFL” that covers the aims of the Languages programme of study as stated in the National Curriculum 2014. The scheme has an equal balance of spoken and written French and the resources provided model good pronunciation which supports non- French speaking staff in teaching it.
Assessment data is updated regularly and used to support pupil progress and development.
Children are engaged & excited to be learning a new language showing increased participation, confidence and fluency in spoken French.
Pupils have developed an awareness, which they can articulate, about the diversity of languages and people in the wider community.
Celebrating cultures provides links to our wider curriculum, British Values and knowledge of life ‘outside the village’.
Pupils will have developed the skills and knowledge required to prepare them for middle/secondary school.
The MFL subject leader will continually monitor the impact MFL teaching is having on the children’s learning, through work scrutiny, to ensure the progress of knowledge and skills is being taught. They will also ensure the knowledge taught is retained by the children and revisited. Impact will also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child-led assessment such as success criteria grids and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.
SEND and MFL
Students with SEN will only reach their full potential if they are given the opportunity to move outside their comfort zone and to learn new skills.” MFL classes do exactly that: they challenge learners to confront new languages, new cultures and different ways of thinking, all whilst improving multiple skill sets.
The joy of language learning is the promotion of a new perspective: for example, teaching French or Spanish grammar in MFL lessons involves looking at the English equivalents and how they work, thus indirectly strengthening a students’ knowledge of their native language. This can also be seen in how vocabulary develops, by comparing the English words with target language equivalents or by finding cognates, which can also improve spelling in English. Even numeracy skills benefit from MFL lessons, through counting exercises and arithmetic activities in the target language. The beauty of all this is that it is done indirectly – the student learns multiple subjects all in one lesson, often without realising it!
MFL classes lend themselves particularly well to SEN-friendly teaching strategies, such as the use of repetition and adopting a multisensory approach – for example, learning the alphabet and counting in a foreign language are both activities that can make great use of music and singing, a fun classroom activity that can boost confidence and memory. From flashcards and whiteboards to musical instruments, there are a range of audio, visual, and even kinaesthetic teaching styles that lend themselves to MFL teaching, thus boosting SEN students’ chances of success and more importantly, enjoyment!