MFL (Modern foreign Languages)
Why we teach MFL?
A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. (National Curriculum)
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.
The study of Modern Foreign Languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities can take place in languages other than English. Pupils use Modern Foreign Languages to communicate information responsibly and creatively. They learn how to use Modern Foreign Languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.
In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases children’s understanding of their own language. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased capability in the use of Modern Foreign Languages can also promote initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
Through our teaching of Modern Foreign Languages we aim to:
- Ensure every child has the opportunity throughout Key Stage 2 to study a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations
- Ensure pupils’ learning is enriched in a broad curriculum to which Modern Foreign Languages contribute
- Ensure pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities, making use of supportive schemes of work
- Provide language teaching using Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.
What we teach in MFL?
At St Peter’s, we teach French lessons in Key Stage 2. We also aim to introduce pupils to other Modern Foreign Languages in EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2 by using greetings for registration and singing songs.
We currently use the ‘Language Angels’ scheme of work to support high-quality languages education. The ‘three pillars of language learning’ – phonics, grammar and vocabulary, are included in all lessons and units of work.
The French units of work build on children’s knowledge and understanding each year. The lessons are also cross curricular, and support some class topics.
Our Modern Foreign Language Policy can be viewed by clicking here
Our pupils say:
“We have fun.”
“Learning strange words and how to say them can be hard but we have fun playing games and singing songs.”
“Learning with the music video, watching animations, moving around the room, playing games helps us to remember the vocabulary.”
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