Modern Foreign Languages
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The intention of the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) curriculum at Boothferry Primary School, is that children are taught to develop an interest in leaning other languages in a way that is fun and exciting. We encourage children’s confidence and curiosity about different languages. The MFL planning is carried out in order to create links with the cultural differences of other countries, including our children’s home countries, allowing them to explore links between their own languages and those taught. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply other languages in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing and games. As confidence and skills grow, children record their work through pictures, captions, sentences and then paragraphs – using learnt conjunctions to extend their pieces of writing.
- Displays are used to remind children of vocabulary
- Actions and pictures are used when being taught phonics to help them with punctuation of words
- In the classroom, wherever possible, instructions are given in French, common phrases such as ‘Qu’est que c’est ?’ (What is it?) whilst pointing to an object allow the children to both listen and respond in French, gaining confidence as they do so.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages through weekly taught lessons and extra-curricular clubs. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We follow the ‘LanguageNut’ scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression across school. In addition to our weekly French lessons, we also have an opportunity to look a languages within our topics, for example in year 5, children are taught a term of Japanese from a language specialist whilst studying and comparing the country to the UK. The children are also invited to learn Spanish over the course of the Summer term at an after-school club, where the language is taught alongside learning about the geography and culture of Spain. In addition, children from year 4 run a club teaching their home languages to other school children, the children are currently teaching greetings in Latvian, Portuguese and Lithuanian during a lunch time club.
French is monitored by the MFL Co-ordinator by using a variety of strategies, such as book monitoring, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil interviews. Feedback is given to teachers and leaders use the information to see if the children know more and remember more.
Assessment is teacher led and carried out by observing the children speaking (and recording on iPads where necessary); by assessing their written work; ensuring that they are writing using the correct spellings and also on the ‘LanguageNut’ system which produces tests and games that the teacher can access to see each student’s progress at the end of each lesson.
Speaking and Listening
At Boothferry Primary School, children will be taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- Engage in conversations: ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
Reading and Writing
At Boothferry Primary School, children will be taught to:
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in language
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through a dictionary
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
Modern Foreign Languages Long-term Plan
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