At Lynsted and Norton Primary School, we recognise that learning a modern foreign language is a statutory entitlement for all pupils during their time in Key Stage 2 and we are committed to the principle that learning another language helps foster a curiosity and deeper understanding of other cultures and the world in general. We believe that learning to understand, speak, read and write another language during Key Stage 2 will provide the basis for learning other languages, which in turn will provide important opportunities for future study and work in other countries. In our school we teach French.
Our Intent for the teaching of French is to promote the development of linguistic competence and confidence in speaking and writing as a well as an understanding and awareness of the world and other cultures and lay the foundation for the study of foreign language at Key Stage 3 and beyond. To accomplish this, we will help the children to do the following:
Our intent is also reflected through our school values:
Ambition – Children set their sights high and learn an additional language from an early age.
Self-confidence – MFL becomes a platform for children to develop and thrive in a variety of ways.
Perseverance – Learning a foreign language is often learnt through repetition and rehearsing aspects of that language and encourages a practise-based approach to learning.
Independence – Being able to express thoughts and understanding in another language promotes self-expression and independence.
Respect – Developing individually as learners and supporting peers through learning another language.
Enquiry – Broadening cultural awareness of different cultures and lifestyles.
Across KS2, each class has a 30-minute lesson timetabled each week. Lessons support the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games. Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French that are delivered through the curriculum content.
Teaching and learning
We recognise that language learning in its broadest sense has three core strands.
We will encourage pupils to apply knowledge already learnt about their own language to their own language. We aim to equip pupils with strategies for language that they can use in the future when studying other foreign languages.
We base our teaching of French on the Kapow coverage of teaching French, which is broken down into five strands, and one overarching strand:
Our intended impact of our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages are spoken in the world. Varied learning experiences, including ‘All about Britain Week’ and ‘International Day of Languages’ also ensure that languages are celebrated throughout the school community whilst providing a context for language learning and develop the children’s understanding of different cultures.
Celebrating French across the school: