At Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School, the core language taught is French. Our planning is based on the progression of skills taken from the National Curriculum.
It is the intention that all children in KS2 will access first quality teaching of French by their class teacher, in some classes there will be a Specialist Teacher from a Feeder Secondary school, in order to adequately prepare them for KS3. Children in KS1 will be introduced to MFL through exploring French informally when appropriate.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop skills in French, through a child centred and predominantly activity-based approach. Our aim is to ensure that the children are speaking with increased confidence and fluency through the use of the ALP’s, Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic (VAK) strategies, which will support different learning styles and ensure inclusion for all. As confidence and skill grow, children will record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. In lower KS2, French is taught through songs, games and other engaging oral activities, with a focus on building listening skills, with some simple written activities and encouraging children to develop their oracy. This is built upon in upper KS2, where children are taught more complex sentence structures through both oral and written activities. To support the implementation, Sticky Knowledge Mats, that include key vocabulary and phrases that are to be learnt in the pupils long term memory will be sent home in advance of the unit and will allow pupils to have a head start on their learning and enable parents and carers to have a clear view of what will be taught. In addition, Biennial Language Day, assemblies and the visiting experts will further enhance the learning experience of all pupils.
The impact is an increased enjoyment and understanding of different cultures and language and skills that are transferable in KS3. Children will have a respectful view and a greater awareness of a previous unfamiliar culture; therefore linking to the Equality Act and British Fundamental Values.
Evidence of progression will be assessed through:
- Assessment for Learning
- Challenging Tasks
- A low stake quiz, multiple choice and end of unit questions
- Pupil voice
- Children will recognise and apply key French vocabulary verbally.
- Children will be able to write a limited amount in French.
- The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations by the end of the year.