Article 28: Every child has the right to an education
Intent: What we are trying to achieve in our curriculum?
At Kirklevington Primary School, our chosen additional language is French. It is our intent to deliver a high-quality language education which should foster children’s curiosity and learning about other languages and cultures. Our curriculum is designed to introduce our pupils to a language rich environment and to lay the foundation for successful language learning as they progress through. We hope that by increasing their knowledge of a new language this will give our children the chance to increase their resilience and self-esteem.
We encourage children to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of building confidence in one language. We believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others, which feeds into our focus on global learning and children’s rights.
Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. French lessons are provided to children in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. We currently use lessons based around the North Yorkshire Scheme of Learning for French (KS2/UKS2) and Petites Etoiles (LKS2), which have been adapted to meet the needs of our children. The planning used for taught lessons takes account of children’s previous learning and progressively builds on previous learning from units already studied. This allows children to acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics, which can be used and applied further as children progress through the school.
The Units taught throughout the year in each year group also provide opportunities of learning about French culture through important festivals and events within the French year.
KS1 children are introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally when studying another country. Each year the whole school takes part in a World Languages Day.
Practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall.
In the classroom, where possible, instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible. Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary. Word mats/knowledge organisers are available for children to access to support their learning and recap previous learning.
Our MFL curriculum ensures that children are encouraged to understand the relevance of what they are learning in languages and how it relates to everyday life and travel. In addition, how it could help them in another country or to talk to a French speaker. Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of learning about other cultures.
As each year passes, units increase in level of challenge, linguistic and grammatical complexity as pupils move from Early Learning units through intermediate units and into the most challenging progressive units. Early Learning units (studied in Year 3) will start at basic noun and article level and will teach pupils how to formulate short phrases. By the time pupils reach Progressive units (Year 5 and 6) they will be exposed to much longer text and will be encouraged to formulate their own, more personalised responses based on a much wider bank of vocabulary, linguistic structures and grammatical knowledge. They will be able to create longer pieces of spoken and written language and are encouraged to use a variety of conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives, opinions and justifications. Children’s work is recorded in a designated French book, which stays with the child as they progress through the Key Stage. This allows progress to be noted from the very start of their learning at the beginning of KS2, to their final learning in Year 6. Assessment is carried out informally within lessons to inform planning for future lessons and children are given verbal feedback when carrying out verbal based speech work within the classroom as well as though pre learning assessments and post learning assessments for each unit. Examples of children’s verbal progression is also recorded within the online learning platform Seesaw.