At St Alban’s, our chosen language is French. We believe that learning another language should be an enjoyable and stimulating experience for children, to develop not only their communication skills, but also to expand their perspective of the World.
We aim to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, laying the foundations for, and inspiring, future language learning.
We intend to provide a language education that will boost the children’s confidence to express their opinions, to foster their curiosity about another language and deepen their understanding of other cultures and the World around them.
To equip our children with the skills to celebrate and respect cultural differences will broaden their horizons. For the future, it may provide the potential to work or study in other countries and allow them to embrace their role in our global society.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop not only our children’s language skills, but also their love of learning a language. Progressively, it develops language skills, through regularly taught lessons in KS2. This allows the children to acquire new language then use and apply it in a range of different scenarios and topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, video clips, actions, rhymes, stories, singing activities and games. As their confidence and skills grow, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences, with further emphasis on grammar, sentence structure and dictionary work.
We currently use ‘Early Start Online’ scheme of work to support our teaching of French. This has been adapted to suit the needs of our children.
Our MFL curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the national curriculum. These are as follows:
· understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
· 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
· can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
· discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
They will know more, remember more and understand more French vocabulary. They will demonstrate a love of learning languages and build their confidence in communicating in French. This will be further enhanced through learning about other cultures.
Link to the National Curriculum: