As part of a new primary National Curriculum, taking effect from September 2014, learning a foreign language has become a requirement for children within KS2. At St Paul’s, we strongly believe that learning a foreign language is a valuable, lifelong skill for all our pupils. Pupils use languages to communicate information responsibly and creatively. They learn how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of his/her own language. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased ability in the use of languages can also promote initiative and independent learning as well as encouraging diversity within society.
Through our teaching of a foreign language the school aims to:
We also aim to develop teachers’ confidence and competence to teach languages and embed languages across the Curriculum.
Teaching and Learning Styles
French is the modern foreign language that is currently taught in our school. We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement in the modern foreign language these include:
MFL curriculum organisation
In line with Framework guidelines, all pupils learn languages for approximately 60 minutes per week. This time allocation is made up of a combination of dedicated language lessons, lasting 30 to 40 minutes, teaching language through other subject areas and using language for real purposes in daily classroom routines.
The Foundation Stage and KS1
Our Infant children may receive MFL teaching as a cross-curricular subject, enhancing both the EYFS and the KS1 National Curriculum. Infants may take part in any activities – and in any languages - at this stage. Language songs, games and activities are highly enjoyable, motivational and inclusive, and also develop other literacy skills.
At St Paul’s we teach a modern foreign language to all children, whatever their ability and individual needs. MFL forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education for all children. Through our MFL teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make good progress. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those with special gifts and talents and those learning English as an additional language, and we take all reasonable steps to achieve this.
Assessment and record keeping
Most assessment is formative and is used to support teaching and learning and inform future planning.
When a piece of written work is produced, it is marked in line with the school policy on marking.
An assessment of the child’s language level will be recorded in their end-of-year report (Below expected, Expected and Exceeding) in order to inform the future class teachers.
Review and monitoring
Monitoring is carried out by the languages coordinator with support from the head teacher, in the following ways:
We have recently acquired a good number of resources linked to the topics taught in the different year groups. Many of these resources facilitate the learning of a foreign language through play and interaction in class. We also use songs and stories from different publications as well as Early Start French which not only provides a great number of audio-visual resources for the children delivered by native speakers, but also offers teaching ideas for the teachers who want to use the programme.
We have established a link with the Head of Languages at our local secondary school, and our MFL coordinator has links with other language teachers, both secondary and primary, to network and share good practice and resources.
The MFL Coordinator is responsible for developing the resources available in school, including any displays, promotions or parent information for their notice-board.
The Development of MFL at St Paul’s
The school will develop the teaching of MFL through: