Vision

 

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 key knowledge and skills. The careful sequencing of the curriculum allows for deeper learning and understanding. We now have an expert language specialist, who delivers outstanding teaching and learning of French across KS2 and worked alongside our languages lead, to create a well sequenced scheme of learning and skills document.

 

Although children do not formally learn a foreign language in EYFS and KS1, they do have some exposure to it before they begin foreign language learning in LKS2. For example, children sometimes answer the register in different languages using simple greetings (hello, bonjour, hola, ciao). They also learn about different religions, cultures and celebrations from different countries. This exposes them to foreign traditions and culture across the world. We teach the children about diversity amongst their class and how we are all different and this should be celebrated. Other examples of celebrations from different countries and cultures we learn about are Diwali and Chinese New Year.

 

We have already began implementing our new curriculum. We have made changes to our medium-term planning, to address gaps due to COVID 19, and to make remedial plans for the children who are now in UKS2 and have previously not learn any French. On rotation, when our specialist is not timetabled to teach in a class for a half term/term, the class teacher will deliver language learning following our Long-Term-Plan and the resources created by our language specialist. This is ongoing, as our languages specialist is in the process of creating a bank of resources to support each lesson to aid teacher’s confidence when teaching French.

Our languages curriculum is inclusive for all learners, including disadvantaged children and children with SEND. Learning is scaffolded appropriately to ensure all children can access the learning at their level independently. An example of this is a sentence builder support sheet which can be used to aid practical conversations with their peers.

 

 

In Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3), children begin their more structured French language learning. Subsequently, this is built upon each year up to Year 6, with a recall of key vocabulary, phonics and grammar, whilst children are also being exposed to new topics and applying their previously learnt vocabulary in new contexts. All lessons provide opportunities for children to embed the skills needed to learn a second language- speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and most importantly phonics.

 

As the new MFL lead this year, I plan to work alongside Liz Garside (our specialist) and the teachers to ensure the curriculum is being implemented effectively. I am very passionate about foreign language learning and thus am determined to ensure our languages curriculum can instil this love of language learning into our children and provide them with the knowledge and skills to be lifelong language learners. We aim to make our MFL curriculum more hands on and practical with a huge focus on speaking, listening and phonics. These skills are essential in order for children to be able to read and write in a foreign language. 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 ‘hot task’ will be completed at the end of the unit to inform subsequent planning. The design of the curriculum allows key grammar and knowledge to be revisited and built upon and allows children to make connections in their foreign language learning by using key vocabulary in a variety of contexts. The use of role play situations, songs and games is a pedagogy we use to make language lessons practical and engaging.  This will ensure that the knowledge has been retained and committed to the children’s long-term memory. This is paramount to prepare children for further language learning in KS3.

 

Furthermore, our languages specialists runs a club for any children who wish to continue with their Spanish learning. This club promotes the profile of languages at our school. Our children very much look forward to foreign language lessons and enjoy being exposed to the traditions in cultures. They are extremely enthusiastic about their language lessons, therefore our club provides them with extra opportunities to develop their language learning further.