All pupils at Greenhaugh Primary School have the right to a rich and deep learning experience that includes the learning of the basics of an additional language. Language learning encourages an awareness of a wider world and provides an opening to other cultures. In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language, and the building blocks which form this. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. We teach a curriculum that enables our pupils to become effective users of language, and show an understanding and respect of different cultures in our local, national and global communities. Through the teaching of French (and German and Russian conversation) at Greenhaugh, we aim to:
· Ensure every child has the opportunity, throughout Key Stage 2, to study French as a foreign language, developing their interest in the culture of other nations, communities and beliefs.
· Ensure pupils have access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities.
· Ensure pupils have exposure to simple commands including day-to-day French language, including days, months, numbers and classroom instructions.
· Ensure pupils develop an increased wider cultural understanding through our enriched and varied curriculum to which languages contribute.
· Provide language informed by the National Curriculum and the skills expressed in this: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing leading to Cultural Understanding.
Teachers will plan French lessons using ‘La Jolie Ronde’ as the basis of their comprehensive scheme of work, covering all aspects of the MFL curriculum: speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding, and progresses these skills and knowledge throughout Key Stage 2. German and Russian conversation is offered through Teacher experience. Activities can consist of actions, rhymes, stories, song, drama, grammar focus, video clips, air writing, sentence structure, dictionary work, book making and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills. Teachers and pupils use French, German and Russian vocabulary and phrases in daily routines, for example, through answering the register and displaying the date within the classroom.
Impact: Our MFL curriculum should be fun, creative and enjoyed by learners. French is well-resourced and planned to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 2. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:
· Pupil discussions about their learning;
· Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills defined in each year of study;
· Children applying their knowledge of language to other areas of the curriculum; · Providing opportunities for children to display their cultural understanding of wider societies.
Ms Jo Trotter (Interim Headteacher) Greenhaugh Primary School, Greenhaugh, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 1LX