Burton Road Primary School
MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) Policy
Written July 2021
Miss R Tate
Foreign language learning at primary level is imperative to spark children’s curiosity into other cultures and deepens their understanding of the wider world. It creates opportunities for children which are useful in later life, to be able to communicate with others within our diverse world. It fosters a respectful and positive attitude towards language learning throughout life. Language learning at Burton Road will build the foundations of core vocabulary that can be learnt in a variety of contexts and repeated in order to embed the basic knowledge and skills. Each year of KS2 this will be built upon, to ensure progression in both knowledge and skills which equips children to connect their understanding. Our MFL curriculum allows children to learn Spanish (for two years in three and four) and French (in the final two years of five and six), where they will make connections between the foundations in both languages and their own language. Where year groups are mixed see our long-term plan. We plan to employ a language specialist, who can deliver outstanding teaching and learning, following our well sequenced scheme of learning.
Primary foreign language learning helps pupils to:
- 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
- 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.
National curriculum 2013
Knowledge and Skills:
Language’s knowledge will be developed through a range of topics which are sequenced in a progressive way so that children can build upon their existing knowledge when learning new vocabulary. This enables them to make connections and apply their understanding in a range of meaningful contexts. Please refer to the long-term plan, vocabulary progression document and skills document which outlines the key knowledge and skills taught across the year groups.
At Burton Road we recognise that other subjects can enhance language learning, thus where appropriate a cross-curricular approach can be used. Particularly with music and drama when learning songs to aid with phonological awareness and pronunciation and to use role play to enhance the learning of new vocabulary in context. In addition to this, our Year Six children have the opportunity to go to France for a residential trip. The children are not only immersed in French culture but given the opportunities to use and apply the skills they have acquired in real life situations. This is a really profound learning opportunity and an unforgettable experience that pupils remember for life.
Learning in practical and meaningful ways will help children to remember new vocabulary and foster a love of language learning. Language learning allows children to develop the following key skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
At Burton Road Primary School, we believe that children should learn a foreign language because it encourages resilience, mutual respect and tolerance towards others. It provides children with opportunities to express themselves and learn a valuable life skill. By the time they leave primary school, children should have the foundations for further foreign language learning at key stage 3. Children need to be able to understand and communicate their ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing. They should have a phonological awareness and begin to use the common grammatical structures and vocabulary.
We have a long-term plan that ensures coverage of the National Curriculum expectations across the year groups. Staff will also use the progression of vocabulary and skills documents when making short-term plans to ensure that children build on their previous learning. Where gaps in knowledge and skills are discovered then teaching will be revisited.
Medium and short-term planning will ensure that lessons are captivating in order to develop a love of language learning and also to lay the foundations for children to embed the basic knowledge and vocabulary. These can then be applied into different topics/contexts.
Hot tasks at the end of topics ensure that children both know and remember more. Hot tasks may include role play, videos and projects. Repetition in language learning is crucial to ensure that the foundations are embedded. With each new learning a link will be made with previous vocabulary, skills or grammatical structures so that children can apply and use their new knowledge in a different context.
Monitoring will take place by the languages co-ordinator which will include speaking to pupils, looking at planning, work in books and discussions with staff and the language specialist.