Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
— Nelson Mandela
MFL subject lead: Mr R Dickinson
The intention of the French curriculum at Saint Augustine Webster is to provide children with the knowledge of linguistics as this will lay the foundation for children further language study in the future. This will, in turn, prepare pupils to participate in a rapidly changing community in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. We encourage children to develop a love of learning languages, and support them to make substantial progress with learning the French language. Through our planning, we enable the children to develop a cultural awareness and respect for other cultures which is imperative for them to play a valuable part in our global society.
All KS2 children at Saint Augustine Webster will be taught French in focused teaching sessions that sit within a curriculum sequence built around the principles of interleaving and spaced retrieval practice using the Kapow Primary scheme. The scheme introduces language at a deliberately slow, steady pace and accommodates a range of learning styles by encouraging children to participate in an assortment of activities such as rhymes, songs, video clips and games. The main skills developed throughout the programme are speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and intercultural understanding.
Teachers endeavour to provide opportunities to embed the French language not only in lessons but also at times throughout the normal school day such as times of greeting and when providing praise. These opportunities will begin to arise in KS1 to prepare children for the learning of the language in KS2.
Formative assessment will support the teachers in adapting their planning to ensure maximum progress of the children through the scheme provided. Summative assessment is carried out every half term, where each child is assessed against a bespoke skills progression document. Teachers use this to inform their future planning. Alongside this, children access quizzes to refresh previous knowledge which are timetabled into the whole school long term plan, applying the principles of interleaving and spaced retrieval practice to ensure retention and prepare the children for the next stage of education.
The subject will be monitored by the subject lead through a range of methods such as planning and book scrutinies, staff interviews and pupil voice.
If you were to walk into MFL lessons at Saint Augustine Webster’s, you would see:
- Children who are engaged in learning and teachers who create a learning buzz.
- Teachers who are comfortable and confident in speaking French and are embedding language into lessons through praise and instruction.
- Clear progression in skills and vocabulary.
French Subject Story coming soon.....