MFL - French
Mrs Levey leads the teaching of French in school. Our school has recently enjoyed taking part in an Erasmus mobility + project, developing the role of French in school and providing us with a link to a school in Toulouse. We also offer children the exciting opportunity to take part in a French residential in Years 5 or 6.
Our intent for MFL:
At Frodsham Manor House we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for further language learning in future. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our focus on global learning with an International Schools Award.
Implementation for MFL
Children develop their love of language learning and develop skills throughout their time in school.
In KS2, children are taught in weekly sessions by Mrs Levey, with class teachers reinforcing their learning outside of lessons. Fortnightly whole school assemblies, which all children in school participate in, also celebrate language learning through songs and stories. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school.
Our school follows the Primary Languages Network scheme of work, which is adapted to meet the needs of our own children. Details of topics covered in each year group can be found on the French curriculum area of our school website. Since primary languages became statutory in the primary curriculum recently, children at Frodsham Manor House have been advancing through this scheme of work. As we acknowledge children’s different learning styles, our children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, song, grammar focus, video clips, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.
Our languages curriculum is reinforced by our residential trips to France. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in a residential trip, during which they are able to put into practise their language learning and develop a wider cultural appreciation of the language they are studying. We believe this acts as a great motivation for language learning and develops historical and intercultural understanding.
In addition to this, we are developing links with a school in Toulouse as a part of our Erasmus + mobility project. In its initial stages, this is helping to create increased curiosity for language learning and provides further motivation to our pupils, providing a practical purpose for children’s learning.
Impact of MFL
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:
- 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
-The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 Framework Document. September 2013
A breakdown of these attainment targets for each year group can be found here. We also use pupil voice to measure and monitor the impact of the French curriculum on pupils.
Reception - Year 2
Key Stage One have a fortnightly French assembly where we learn key vocabulary and songs. We aim for our children to develop an appreciation of songs and stories in French throughout their time at the school. We sometimes do the register, date and weather in French in our classes too.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage Two also take part in the French assemblies. In addition to French assemblies, Key Stage 2 have weekly French lessons where we aim to develop a love of languages and an understanding of other cultures alongside language development.
In Year 3 we focus on learning to introduce themselves, ask questions and respond appropriately. They listen and respond to French and learn the days of the week, colours, numbers to twenty and the French alphabet. Their focus is on aiming to have a short dialogue confidently in French with some opportunities to begin writing in French.
Year 4 develop more skills in responding to classroom instructions and classroom objects. With a greater emphasis on beginning to write simple French sentences, they also begin to describe family members and places in a town. Children begin to develop dictionary skills in Year 4.
Year 5 and 6
With a focus on writing grammatically correct sentences, Year 5 and 6 will learn about saying how they feel, school subjects and giving opinions, foods, weather and clothing. Our older children will also begin to learn more about using verbs in French.
Mrs Levey is subject leader for French.