Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
The DfE Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages states, ‘The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience.’
We believe that providing an early introduction to other languages will give our children educational, social and cultural experiences that will enthuse and support them to become confident citizens of the world. All children in Years 3-6 will be introduced to speaking French and Spanish in a fun, interactive way that encourages them to have a go and enjoy the thrill of communicating in a different language. Our chosen teaching scheme, Early Start Languages, will also provide them a wider perspective on the world, developing understanding of their own cultures and those of others.
LEAP Curriculum Implementation
Learning other languages helps children develop the key communication skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Through film of native French and Spanish speakers, games, songs, stories and other activities, our children will develop listening skills as they explore the patterns and sounds of other languages, noticing similarities and differences to our own. Alongside their teachers, they will learn vocabulary (correct pronunciation) and simple conversational language for use in plausible day-to-day situations. They will have opportunities to practise speaking (and writing) skills through links we will establish with Spanish or French schools.
International Day at Didcot Girls’ School is always a popular annual event for our Year 5 children, as we join with other primary schools to showcase fascinating insights into other countries and peoples. In school we are always keen to celebrate the cultural diversity of our own children (and staff), inviting them to share the practices and language of their native countries, as well as welcoming visitors. The interactive nature of our MFL lessons will ensure children have the opportunity to experience authentic, modern flavours of life in Spain and France.
As they grow into adults, our children will socialise and work in a multi-cultural arena. It is our responsibility as educators to resource them with as many tools as we can to communicate knowledgeably and effectively, whatever worldwide opportunities and challenges they experience.
Learning a new language together, mostly from scratch, will gently teach resilience and develop problem solving skills. It will provide opportunities to reflect on our own language and cultures in comparison to others. Above all, it will give children confidence to leap the language barrier and make friends, wherever they are.
Power to change the world
Through the study of MFL, our children will begin to recognise the power (and joy) of being able to make themselves understood and to understand others. As part of our wider curriculum aims, MFL will encourage children to consider the similarities, differences and interdependence of nations, and realise the potential power of communication to tackle problems and create a safe, sustainable future.
Impact will be measured through formative teacher assessment of written and spoken language and teacher observations of the transference of knowledge into other curriculum areas.