The intention of the MFL curriculum at Robertswood is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence and we strive to stimulate and encourage their curiosity about language. We actively plan links to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Topics covered include: numbers, colours, house and home, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.
It is intended that when children leave Robertswood, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society, it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. 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.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding, appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language, it progressively broadens their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary, describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
This allows the children to acquire and develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases, engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those to those of others; seek clarification and help, explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, present ideas and information orally to range of audiences, read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
As their confidence and skill grows, children speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures, understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied and write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to ideas clearly.
Lessons are sequenced so that prior learning is considered and opportunities for revision of language and grammatical concepts are built into lessons. Lessons help children to build on prior knowledge alongside the introduction of new skills.
All children in KS2 will have a weekly language lesson.
Our MFL curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures.
understand and respond to spoken and written language
speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
Impact can be measured by questioning within lessons and review of learning against the learning objective.
The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed at the end of the year through observations and assessments of pupils’ learning and through pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
Getting to Know You
All about Me
Food Glorious Food
Family and Friends
All around Town
On the Move
Where in the world
What’s the time
Holidays and Hobbies
Getting to Know You
All about Ourselves
Family and Friends
Let’s Visit a French Town
Let’s Go Shopping
This is France
All in a Day