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Modern Foreign Languages

 

 

Modern Foreign Language

 

The aims of Modern foreign language (MfL) lessons at Janet Duke Primary School are to develop linguistic competence, confidence and lifelong language-learning skills in pupils and introduce an international dimension to their learning. As well as also providing an opening to other cultures, staff at our school feel that a high-quality languages education fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Through careful planning and utilisation of appropriate resources, MfL teaching at Janet Duke strives to 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. At the forefront of our thoughts is the desire to provide children with an enjoyable experience of MfL, so they will cherish opportunities to learn the subject and develop their skills as they go on to enter Key Stage 3 (KS3).

 

The main aim of MfL delivery at the school is on independent learning and oral communication; to make MfL lessons stimulating, teachers are encouraged to use games, engage in role-play, sing songs and use IT / computing skills to stimulate excellence and enjoyment in MfL lessons. Janet Duke Primary School is also keen to use multi-sensory and kinesthetic approaches to teaching that reinforce the learning of MfL in our pupils. Simple reading and / or writing activities take place in most French lessons.

 

At Janet Duke Primary School, MfL makes a significant contribution to PSHE and citizenship education by teaching children how similar and different their lives are to those who live in other countries. Children are encouraged to value the privileges and opportunities they have in their own lives and show empathy for those living in other countries who may not have these. Differences are seen not as a barrier or reason for division but as part of the world, and life’s, natural diversity, and are recognised and appropriately celebrated.

                                                                                       

MfL scheme of work

 

Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2; when taking the register, teachers enable their pupils to answer in French. Pupils are also taught the basic greetings also say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in French, and often choose the MFL options for ‘5 a-Day’ fitness task. Pupils also ask what the ‘5 a-day ’instructors are saying, which provokes discussion.

 

 

Year group

 

 

 

Autumn 1

10 weeks

 

Autumn 2 / Spring 1

10 weeks

 

Spring 2 / Summer 1

10 weeks

 

Summer 2

8 weeks

3

 

 

Getting to know you

 

Family and friends

 

Our school

Food, glorious food

 

4

 

 

Getting to know you

(recap / revision from Year 3)

Family and friends

(recap / revision from Year 3)

Our school

(recap / revision from Year 3)

 

Food, glorious food

(recap / revision from Year 3)

5

 

 

Getting to know you

 

Family and friends

(Nb. unit has different content from Year 3/4 unit of the same name)

School life

 

 

That’s tasty

 

 

 

6

 

 

Getting to know you

(recap / revision from Year 5)

Family and friends

(recap / revision from Year 5)

School life

(recap / revision from Year 5)

 

That’s tasty

(recap / revision from Year 5)

 

 

At the beginning of every ten-week topic, a unit plan is produced that details the objectives for each unit, any practical work that will be completed, key vocabulary, models, diagrams and key questioning. These are working documents and are adapted as per the needs of the children / individual classes. At Janet Duke, we strongly feel that child-lead learning is extremely important and therefore try to follow the children’s direction wherever possible whilst still achieving our objectives. Teachers plan individual lessons using a range of different schemes of resources to ensure that lessons are as engaging and exciting as possible for our children.

 

MfL scheme of work

 

There are whole school stand-alone displays both for French (the language learned by KS2 pupils) and also a ‘Word of the week’ (currently displaying basic greetings in Romanian). Some KS2 classes have an MfL display, where items such as key vocabulary / examples of work are displayed for the children to use in MfL lessons. Each display aims to provide interactive activities for the children to take part in. Good examples of children’s work are also displayed below

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