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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 St Mary’s: 

Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the Planit programme of study.  Our curriculum has been designed to comprehensively teach the progression of skills and knowledge across Key Stage 2. Areas covered include: numbers, colours, house and home, in town,  food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.   These areas ensure children acquire a bank of vocabulary organized around topics. 

It is intended that when children leave St Mary’s 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 different  languages at their secondary school.

Curriculum Implementation

All children in KS2 are taught French in a weekly discreet lesson. This is delivered by the class teacher or HLTA.

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.

In Key Stage 1, children are introduced to different languages through exploring them informally when studying another country. They might learn songs in different languages and identify different countries on the world map. They might learn to say hello in different languages. All of these activities help to open the children's eyes to the fun of learning a new language. 

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 staff identify any gaps to action.

We also provide a Spanish club for those Key Stage 2 pupils who wish to learn an additional language.