It is our intent at Brenzett CE Primary School to provide all of our children an inclusive and high quality Modern Foreign Language (MFL) education, which aims for children to understand and respond to the spoken and written language, to communicate effectively, both in speaking and writing. The MFL curriculum allows children to recognise patterns and sounds and engage in conversations, using accurate pronunciation. MFL encourages children to broaden their vocabulary and enables them to use the skills they have learnt in real life. We provide a language education that fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.
In Key Stage 2, we have chosen to follow French as our MFL due to our proximity to France. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written French, confidence to speak in French with others and know how important other languages can be in their future.
At Brenzett CE Primary School, we deliver a scheme of learning in MFL that meets the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE. Our MFL curriculum is designed to develop not only our children’s language skills, but also their love of learning a language. In KS2, children are taught regular language sessions by their class teacher, using the on-line programme Languagenut which is aligned to the National Curriculum expectations for Modern Foreign Languages.
Each unit from the scheme is designed to be taught over a half term, with six lessons per unit. Due to our mixed year groups, the school will work on a 2-year planning cycle to ensure full coverage of the curriculum. Each class will have an overview of units to be taught during the academic year to ensure substantial progress and learning is achieved. Each teaching unit is divided into 6 fully planned lessons, which has been designed to support staff with audio recordings of all the French content with accompanying English translations. Units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As pupils progress though the lessons in a unit they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use. Through the use of Languagenut, will be enabling the children to improve their skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking, as well as revise key vocabulary and develop sentence building techniques through conversational work, singing activities, stories and games.
By the time pupils leave Brenzett CE Primary School they will be confident French speakers, ready for the challenges of French at secondary school. Throughout their language learning there will be the opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). This assessment will be ongoing through each half-term using teacher assessment as well as online quizzes and activities with Languagenut. This information will be recorded and will be monitored for impact. For those pupils not progressing in line with age-related expectations, gaps will be identified and any areas that require attention will be embedded into the lesson.