MFL at North Wootton Academy
French is the only MFL studied at North Wootton Academy; this specific focus enables pupils to make substantial progress in one language
In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages, North Wootton Academy aims to ensure that all children:
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
- Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are 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.
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world whilst also equipping them with the skills and confidence to interact within it, certainly within French speaking countries.
At North Wootton Academy, we are committed to ensuring that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life.
The teaching of French in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3.
Children are introduced to French from the EYFS, predominately through songs, and receive a weekly exposure to the language throughout their time in KS1 based around basic vocabulary areas. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from or are similar to English.
In KS2, each class has a timetabled French lesson of 40 minutes per week which uses the EuroStars programme, and knowledge organisers, to develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing within the subject such that:
- Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, as well as developing these skills
- Links will be established with local secondary schools and the possibility of children from KS3 visit to disseminate language learning to the children.
- Children will make links with children in France, with regular correspondence taking place.
- Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French that are delivered throughout the curriculum,
- French Week enables the whole school to be immersed in the inclusion of the culture and use the language meaningfully in context.
In KS2, children’s written work is recorded in a designated French book, which stays with the child as they move through the Key Stage. Evidence of writing, reading and oracy are stored within the online work samples in the appropriate Year Group folder to ensure standards can be moderated. Knowledge is assessed both through the use of Key Performance Indicators, and attainment is recorded within the appropriate mark-book and periodic vocabulary quizzes. Simple vocabulary quizzes are used within Key Stage 1.