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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
The purpose of the Modern Foreign Language curriculum is to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the wider world. Aside from developing language skills, there are a number of broader aims, including cultural awareness and broadening the experiences that we offer our pupils. Learning a modern foreign language provides a wealth of opportunities to practise before an audience and develop both speaking and listening skills. We want them to confidently demonstrate their strong interpersonal skills and confidently communicate using their new language skills. Furthermore, we are striving for our pupils to become well-prepared global citizens and enable them to have the ability to participate confidently within their future roles in a global society. Learning French will provide a solid foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils with the skills to work or study overseas in the future.
Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact
- To build a curriculum subject which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge in order to prepare our pupils to become global citizens now and in their future.
- To design a curriculum subject with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. This will ensure that the pupils receive a ‘balanced and broadly-based’ curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development to prepare them potential opportunities and responsibilities in the future.
- To build an MFL curriculum subject which ensures children can communicate in another language other than English.
- To design and resource an MFL programme of study which enables our children to explore and experience the cultural capital of France through its language and traditions.
- Holborough Lakes school follows a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. The scheme of work will focus on the statutory requirements and will be enhanced by providing events and experiences that develop cultural capital.
- MFL is taught on a weekly basis as a block unit within a term. Lessons will be enhanced through the wider curriculum and reinforced through cultural capital events such as a French summer picnic and international cultural days/weeks.
- Children gain a deeper understanding of the French language studied through the use of high-quality resources that utilise native speakers.
- The four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are taught within a sequence of lessons.
- Whole school assemblies will make reference to France when appropriate (during Cultural Week etc)
- Children can discuss and compare the traditions and culture of French citizens to that of their own.
- Children will know more and remember more about MFL and in particular, the French language.
- Children will be able to recognise and apply the French vocabulary verbally.
- Children will begin to write some key phrases in French.
- A majority of pupils will meet the objectives as set out in the languages programme of study.
- Foster an interest in learning other languages.
- To make pupils aware of language structures and how they differ from one language to another.
- To assist children in developing an awareness of cultural differences.
- To further develop their speaking and listening skills.