Modern Foreign Languages Vision at
Burton Road Primary School
Beginning in September 2021, our MFL curriculum has developed to advocate a thinner curriculum with more time planned to embed knowledge and skills. The careful sequencing of the curriculum allows for deeper learning and understanding. In Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3), children begin their Spanish language learning. Subsequently, this is built upon in the following year, with the same topics studied (in more depth) and progression with the development of higher order skills. Then in the Year Five, in Upper Key Stage Two, French language learning begins. Children use their prior language learning, the knowledge, skills, vocabulary and grammatical structures to make connections with their second language learnt. Again, the foundations are built in Year 5 and this is progressed in Year Six, when studying the same topics in more depth.
This year, we aim to implement our new curriculum and progression of vocabulary and knowledge. We have a new language specialist (Liz Garside), who over the course of the year will teach each Key Stage Two class, following the Long-Term Plan. On rotation, when our specialist is not timetabled to teach in a class, the class teacher will deliver language learning following our Long-Term-Plan. As the new MFL leader this year, I plan to work alongside Liz and the teachers to ensure the curriculum is being implemented effectively. We aim to make our MFL curriculum more hands on and practical with a huge focus on speaking and listening. These skills are essential in order for children to be able to read and write in a foreign language too. Languages will be taught in context with a cultural element embedded and threaded throughout the topics taught. This allows the knowledge learnt to ‘stick’ as the children can make connections in their learning. We believe that it is vital for all children to experience a range of different learning opportunities and we aim to do this through exciting and engaging MFL lessons. 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.
Our teaching of the MFL curriculum needs to be supported by effective assessment of the children’s understanding of the vocabulary, grammar and cultural aspect of foreign languages. A post-unit assessment will be completed at the end of the unit and may be delivered in variety of ways, such as role play conversations, presentations and videos. This more practical approach to assessment is more appropriate to mirror the language learning taking place in lessons. These assessments will then be used by the teacher to identify any gaps and plan accordingly in the future. The design of the curriculum allows key grammar and knowledge to be revisited and built upon. This will ensure that the knowledge has been retained and committed to the children’s long term memory.