Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) – French
At Sedbergh Primary School it is our intent to provide all Key Stage 2 children with a high quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) that fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the World.
Pupils begin to learn French in Year 3 and continue through to Year 6. Teachers follow the Twinkl Planit French scheme of work, but often seek other appropriate resources to help deliver an interesting and varied MFL curriculum. Our aim is for pupils to understand and respond to both spoken and written French, speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity and write basic sentences for different purposes and audiences. Teachers always seek out any adults in the locality who are fluent in not only French, but with other languages to come in to school and lead a taster lesson on that particular language. We believe that learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.
With regular lessons, we aim to equip our pupils with a solid foundation of the French language, so that the transition from primary school to secondary school shows continual progression.
French lessons are usually taught on a weekly basis and follow the learning objectives stipulated in the national curriculum.
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.
Teachers will use the full range of resources available on Twinkl Planit French, including display materials, that will increase the profile of languages across school. We want to ensure that French is loved by pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to embark on further language studies. Impact can be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons and informal feedback.