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Reydon Primary School

An Trust Academy

Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Intent

 

Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.

 

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1. understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  2. 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
  3. can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  4. discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

 

At Reydon Primary School: 

 

Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the Rigolo programme of study in addition to other resources.  Areas covered include: numbers, colours, house and home, in town,  food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.  Other 

 

At the end of Key Stage 2, children are given the opportunity to visit Boulogne-sur-Mer on a four day residential trip to apply the language skills they have learned and immerse themselves in a different language and culture.

 

It is intended that when children leave Reydon Primary, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual  society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language.  They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at High School.

Curriculum Implementation

 

Pupils are taught to:

 

  1. listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  2. explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  3. engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help 
  4. speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures  develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  5. present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  6. read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  7. appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  8. broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  9. write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clear
  10. describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  11. understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

Curriculum Impact

 

Assessment criteria has been developed, in line with national curriculum aims, to enable teachers to assess the progress of children in their language learning as they move through Key Stage 2, ensuring that children are supported and challenged as appropriate.  This data is analysed on a termly basis, and an action plan drawn up to address any identified gaps.

 

Working together with partner schools, children are also provided with a variety of extra curricular activities to promote their engagement in the subject as well as provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary, to continue their studies successfully at High School. 

 

Pupil Voice is also used to further develop the MFL curriculum, through questioning of pupils' views and attitudes to learning a language.

 

 

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