Modern Foreign Languages (French)
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES Policy
As the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. As part of a new primary National Curriculum, taken effect from September 2014, learning French has become a requirement for children within KS2. The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our children. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained contribute to the development of children’s oracy and Literacy and to their understanding of their own culture, identity and community and those of others.
Aims and objectives
Our aims of teaching French are for children to:
- Work in pairs and groups, and communicate in French
- Look at life in another culture
- Ask and answer questions
- Foster an interest in learning another language.
- Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about languages.
- Become aware that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another.
- Develop speaking and listening skills.
- Explore and apply strategies to improve their learning.
- Strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in Francophone countries and comparing it with their own culture.
Teaching and Learning Overview
Teaching is in line with the recommendations of the National Curriculum, with modifications in place which allow for the individual and differentiated needs of the children. It takes full account of the different experiences, strengths and interests of the children whilst also complying with the requirements and guidance on inclusion
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- 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
- Develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
French is taught in a whole-class setting, by the class teacher. Teachers plan using Language Angels languages scheme of work for French. The lessons are designed to motivate children from the first moment and are mainly practical in focus. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.
Each class has a timetabled lesson of at least thirty minutes per week. French can also be revisited in short sessions throughout the week to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained. French lessons provide a variety of sources to model the language, use games and songs to maximize enjoyment and make as many connections to real life situations as possible. Lessons focus on speaking and listening. However, when appropriate, children record written work informally which is passed through the years as a portfolio of their learning.
There are a range of resources to support the teaching of French across the school; Children have access to the Internet in their classroom and in the Computer suite. The Language Angels scheme is an online scheme which is new from September 2020. Fiction and non-fiction books, along with a song book with accompanying CD, and French dictionaries are kept in the medical area, next to the science resources, as a central library accessible to all.
Assessment and record keeping
Informal formative assessment of progress will be made by the class teacher during lessons through questioning and oral feedback. Assessment sheets are used at the beginning and end of the school year for each class, stating what all, most or some can do. These will be passed on to the next teacher. The Subject Leader monitors the effectiveness of the procedures implemented.
Monitoring and evaluation
Monitoring of the standards of children’s work and the quality of teaching in MFL is the responsibility of the subject leader, supported by colleagues.
Policy written: Autumn 2015
Reviewed: Autumn 2020