We want MFL lessons to be fun and inspiring, engaging all children regardless of need or ability. Frosterley Primary School focuses on French as our main secondary schools have asked us to develop the children’s understanding in preparation for transition. We want to promote a love of languages by fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the Francophone world, from France, to Europe, to the wider world. We provide children with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and appreciation of different cultures and compare these to their own. Pupils learn to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, understanding and responding to foreign speakers through speech, singing and writing activities and games with opportunities to collaborate on tasks, activities and presentations in the target language. We equip children with the skills and confidence necessary to provide a foundation for learning further languages and to prepare them for language learning in KS3.
We have adopted the DCC schemes of work ensuring all units are covered by the end of key stage 2. Where possible, MFL is taught within an appropriate topic, but also as a discrete subject. Lessons are planned in sequences that provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding within each rolling cycle. Teachers will use the assessment sheets to assess children’s progress and understanding at the end of each unit of work.
Teachers complete a termly assessment tracker identifying pupils who have not met or exceeded expectations and will identify strategies to be used for the next steps to ensure all pupils experience challenge and reach their potential. As a result of learning French in this way, our children will be confident French speakers and listeners, who have the skills to understand key words and phrases. The Subject Leader for MFL promotes language teaching throughout the school.