At Carr, we believe that MFL should be fully inclusive to every child. We aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum by fostering pupil’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the wider world. The teaching of MFL should enable pupils to creatively express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking. MFL teaching should provide the foundations for learning further languages, equipping pupils with the self-belief, resilience and determination needed to strengthen their language skills. Our children are aspirational and are encouraged to aim high, therefore we ensure that MFL offers challenge and enables children to achieve their full potential.
In order to ensure high standards of teaching and learning in MFL at Carr, we implement a progressive curriculum throughout Key Stage Two. MFL is taught in discrete lessons which cover at least one unit per half term. The MFL curriculum at Carr is based on the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills that should be taught. Teachers use the Language Angels Scheme of Work to plan their lessons. When teaching MFL, teachers should follow the interests of their children to ensure that the learning is engaging, broad and balanced. Before teaching a unit of work, teachers should assess children’s prior knowledge and understanding to ensure that the work planned is pitched at the correct level. A variety of teaching approaches are implemented based on the teacher’s own judgement.
In MFL, skills in speaking, reading and writing another language are developed through a multi-sensory approach such as rhymes, songs, stories and repetition. In Upper Key stage Two, children begin to develop their understanding of grammar in another language.
Teachers plan high quality lessons ensuring that all areas of the National Curriculum are covered. Lessons taught are progressively sequences so that children are building on prior knowledge whilst gradually learning new concepts.
Each year, we take part in a French Cafe with other schools from the Multi-Academy Trust. Children will also have the opportunity to have a French pen pal throughout their time at Carr.
MFL is taught discretely, however it does incorporate elements of other subjects such as Maths, Music, English, Geography and History.
Lessons are taught in a progressive sequence which means that the children are building on prior knowledge while slowly being introduced to new concepts which allow them to delve deeper into the subject ensuring that they have solid foundations in which to do so.
Support is provided, when appropriate, by the class teacher, their critical friend or resources within the classroom. All children will have Quality First Teaching. Any children identified with SEND or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and/or different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs.
MFL at Carr is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also forms part of the units of work.
Children will become confident to engage in simple conversations and will have an awareness of the vocabulary and language needed in a variety of situations.
They will have an understanding of simple French language which will form the basis of future work to be undertaken in Key Stage 3.
The children will have an awareness of intercultural understanding with respect to languages represented at Carr.
Children will have gained a clear insight into and respect for similarities and differences between themselves and those of French speaking children.