Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Statement: At Victoria Road Primary School, we believe that learning a modern foreign language (MFL) 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 pupils 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. At our school, children will develop their MFL skills through the learning of French. 
Intent: At Victoria Road Primary School, our Modern Foreign Language curriculum has been designed to develop a core of grammatical knowledge and vocabulary in French. The curriculum will ensure that pupils can apply to the learning of an MFL in KS3. Through a progressive curriculum children will develop  language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the chosen language of French. The MFL curriculum will be taught to all pupils in KS2. 
Implementation: The KS2 curriculum focuses on the key vocabulary and grammatical skills by introducing pupils to the concept of gender, plurals, word order and verbs through topics that have been carefully chosen to reflect the day-to-day lives of pupils. These themes include themselves, their family, schools and hobbies. In academic years 3 and 4 we focus on the speaking and listening skills for the language. In academic years 5 and 6 pupils are asked to develop speaking and listening skills further by learning key grammatical rules; and, begin to read and write in our chosen language of French. Learning is progressive and children will learn through song, rhyme, games and texts.  
Impact: The teaching of MFL will meet the expectations of the National Curriculum.

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.
Children will enjoy their learning and feel prepared to continue their learning beyond KS2.  Children will develop skills that they can use when learning other modern foreign languages.