Grazeley Parochial CE (Aided) Primary School

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Modern Foreign Language (MFL)

We encourage children to courageously develop resilience in language learning, as well as an enjoyment in it, through an engaging KS2 scheme of work.

Modern Foreign Language (MFL)

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Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils 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 them 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 pupils to study and work in other countries.

Whole School Definition of Language

Our definition for KS2-MFL enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, and to understand and respond to its speakers. Our language culture is based around how we relate and behave towards one another. Through cultural diversity, MFL demonstrates how we can communicate differently.

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

Frank Smith

How MFL is Taught at Grazeley

At Grazeley Primary School, we use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. We teach French to all pupils from Year 3 to Year 6. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning – the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond KS2.

The intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements. 

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas.

Speaking- to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding. To explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words. To engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help. To speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. To develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases. To present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.

Reading- to appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French to broaden vocabulary and develop the ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.

Writing- to write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly. To describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.

Grammar – 

  • We start with nouns and articles and 1st person singular of high frequency verbs in Early Learning
  • We move on to the use of the possessive, the concept of adjectives, use of the negative form, conjunctions/connectives and introduce the concept of whole regular verb conjugation in Intermediate
  • We end with opinions and introduce the concept of whole high frequency irregular verb conjugation in Progressive

In addition, the children will be taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they w
ill have a bank of reference materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. This bank of reference materials will develop into a reference library to help pupils recall and build on previous knowledge throughout their primary school language learning journey.

Our intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

Each teaching unit is divided into 6 fully planned lessons:

  • Each unit and lesson will have clearly defined objectives and aims.
  • Each lesson will incorporate interactive whiteboard materials to include ample speaking and listening tasks within a lesson.
  • Lessons will incorporate challenge sections and desk-based activities that will be offered will three levels of stretch and differentiation. These may be sent home as homework if not completed in class.
  • Reading and writing activities will be offered in all units. Some extended reading and writing activities are provided so that native speakers can also be catered for.
  • Every unit will include a grammar concept which will increase in complexity as pupils move from Early Language units, through Intermediate units and into Progressive units.
  • Extending writing activities are provided to ensure that pupils are recalling previously learnt language and, by reusing it, will be able to recall it and use it with greater ease and accuracy. These tasks will help to link units together and show that pupils are retaining and recalling the language taught with increased fluency and ease.

Language Learning Skills Progression KS2

The overview below is for the academic year 2023-2024.  The following year, a greater number of intermediate and progressive units will be taught as pupil recall and use of language improves.

E-early language units

I-Intermediate language units

P- progressive language units

Phonetics is taught at the beginning of each year in stand-alone lessons.

Whole School Overview 2023-2024

Feedback and Assessment

The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading and wri
ting) and against the 12 DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2 attainment targets is provided at the end of each 6-week teaching unit.

Pupils will also be offered self-assessment grids to ensure they are also aware of their own progress which they can keep as a record of their progress.