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Modern Foreign language at St Luke's


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All pupils at St Luke's have the right to a rich and deep learning experience that includes the learning of the basics of an additional language. The study of Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English. Language learning provides liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.

Our Intent for Modern Foreign Language

The teaching of Foreign Languages at St Luke's broadens pupils’ horizons, stimulating their curiosity about language and fostering positive attitudes towards language learning, deepening their awareness and understanding of our multilingual and multicultural world. The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils, which conforms with statutory requirements. The aims of learning a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) in our school are to:

  • Foster an interest in learning other languages
  • Introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
  • Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language
  • Encourage children to be aware that language has structure and that the structure differs from one language to another
  • Help the children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
  • Develop their speaking and listening skills

How we Implement Modern Foreign Language

How will we implement the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages?

The national curriculum for languages aim 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, suing the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  4. Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in French


In order for the pupils to make substantial progress, we have committed to one hour of French lessons every week. It is vital that the children have the opportunity to listen attentively to the spoken language and then show their understanding by joining in and responding. This will enable the children to speak in sentences using familiar phrases and basic language structures. 

 French is the chosen MFL at St Luke's.  The scheme of work is based largely on the Rigolo.  This covers oracy, literacy and cultural understanding. Language is taught to all children whatever their ability, providing learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. Lessons also seek to enhance children’s knowledge and understanding of French culture and traditions and any differences with their own. Children are introduced to new topics through oral work, songs, visual prompts, videos, flash cards, games, role-play. Initially written French is used only to reinforce oral-learning, however upper school will have some written French activities to complete.

Where possible, the teacher gives simple instructions in the target language. As year groups progress, consolidation is part of the curriculum. Each Year group will celebrate French Festivals and Customs appropriate to the time of year. By the end of Year 6 children will have awareness that French is not only spoken in France. Songs, stories and games will be used to reinforce learning across the Year groups. 

Children will be able to access a curriculum that will enable them to make effective decisions and links across other areas of learning. Children will have a respectful view of others and develop their own understanding of another language in addition to their own. Key vocabulary and specific aspects of learning will be supported by a knowledge organiser. This will be sent home in advance of the unit, and will allow children to make a head start on their learning, and will enable the parents and carers to have a clear understanding of what will be taught. Teacher will use a range of assessment tools to provide adequate information to show the progress for each child and their development points.

 Our Intended Impact

Children will be able to access a curriculum that will enable them to make effective decisions and links across other areas of learning. Children will have a respectful view of others and develop their own understanding of another language in addition to their own. Key vocabulary and specific aspects of learning will be supported by a knowledge organiser. This will be sent home in advance of the unit, and will allow children to make a head start on their learning, and will enable the parents and carers to have a clear understanding of what will be taught.

Teacher will use a range of assessment tools to provide adequate information to show the progress for each child and their development points.

This includes:

  • Assessment for learning
  • Challenge tasks
  • Enquiry tasks
  • Quizzing, multiple choice and end of unit questions.
  • Pupil voice

 

Our MFL documents

 Intent        Implementation       Impact                      Click here

Age Related Expectations                                            Click here