Rationale for the teaching of MfL
At St Anne’s we believe that learning a foreign language enables children to develop curiosity, intrigue and understanding into the world around them. By choosing French as our main language of focus, it means that children can learn a language which is spoken commonly within both their local area and the wider world. Many children go on holiday to France, or French speaking countries, where they can apply their learning from school. We want all children to enjoy learning French through practical, engaging activities which will lead them to develop the confidence to speak, read and write the language alongside a curiosity into the country’s culture and customs.
How we teach and learn MfL at St Anne’s
At St Anne’s, KS2 classes follow the ‘iLanguages scheme’ which ensures a progressive approach through each year group, meaning that the children will continually build on previously learnt skills throughout their time at the school.
The scheme provides lesson plans, assessments and colourful, engaging whiteboard resources.
Children at St Anne’s will learn to read, write and speak the French language with many opportunities to listen attentively as well as engage in conversations and discussions. Patterns and sounds within the French language are explored through a combination of songs, games, rhymes, videos and stories.
Key Stage 2 children (aged 7 to 11) are taught French each week, within which they will have opportunities to develop their confidence, fluency and spontaneity of speaking the French language. Key Stage 1 children are also exposed to the French language through songs, games, videos and stories. We are proud of how this prepares them for their language learning in KS2.
French recording can occur in a variety of ways including: as individual written tasks, records of conversations, photographs and art work. Within their lessons, children will have the chance to work in different ways including group work, whole-class sessions, paired work and independent tasks. We are very lucky to have links to many French speakers within the local community, this includes members of local secondary schools, pupil’s family members and local residents. Visits from these community members enable our children to listen to French conversation as well as discuss culture and lifestyle in France or French-speaking countries. A French club is often run at St Anne’s allowing children from KS1 to immerse themselves in a variety of French activities, developing their excitement and intrigue into the French language.
How we celebrate our MFL learning
Each year the school takes part in the ‘European Day of Languages’ which provides the children with a day in which they can experience a variety of European languages rather than just French.
To celebrate this day:
- We have taken part in a whole-school dress up, encouraging children to dress in the colours of a European flag.
- Children have attended a variety of workshops led by European speakers, giving the children the opportunity to learn about different European countries and the languages spoken.
- Dedicated activities: This year, each year group chose a specific European language and focused an activity on this, allowing them to experience speaking, listening and reading a new language.
- Whole school assemblies often take place to launch the event, linking the children’s experience with others across Europe.
At St Anne’s, we use the assessments provided by the ‘iLanguages’ scheme. These focus on the learning that the children have completed within the taught units. This information is then collated and gaps in children’s learning is then addressed through future lessons.