Why do we learn MFL?
At ARK Little Ridge, the teaching of French provides children with the opportunity to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
Modern Foreign Languages are taught in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6).
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in French as they progress through Key Stage 2. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We follow the ‘Language Angels’ Scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression.
In the classroom:
- displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary;
- practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall;
- visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary;
- word grids are available for children to have out on tables to support their learning and recap previous learning;
- staff feel confident in the teaching of MFL in their classroom due to the nature of the programme provided.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions, and sentences, however, children are encouraged most of all to use their oracy skills in lessons in order to converse with their peers.