MFL

Our Modern Forgein Languages Subject Leader is Madame Wolstenholme
lwolstenholme@ipmat.co.uk

Intent

The intention of the French curriculum at Towngate Primary Academy 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, we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. In planning with actively plan links to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries, through our protected characteristics, British values and curriculum enrichment opportunities. 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 progressively develop children skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. We follow the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ Scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression across school. All our children in KS2 will have regular language lessons.

Implementation

A typical French lesson includes development of pronunciation through learning French phonic sounds. New vocabulary introduced along with appropriate grammar rules which is then applied to conversation or writing skills.  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.

  • displays are used to remind children of key vocabulary
  • practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall.
  • In the classroom whether possible instructions are given in French to expose children to the language as much as possible and I day to day contexts.
  • Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.
  • Word mats/ Knowledge organisers are available for children to have out on desks to support their learning and recap previous learning.

How it is assessed:

We strive to ensure that our pupil’s attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. The learning challenges used and progression girds used to plan and teach MFL, ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives.

Impact

Pupil Voice will show:
  • A developed understanding of the vocabulary and grammar of a modern foreign language, French.
  • A secure understanding of the key techniques and methods for each key area of the MFL curriculum: speaking and listening, reading and writing.
  • A progression of understanding, with appropriate vocabulary which supports and extends understanding.
  • Confidence in discussing their own work and identifying their own strengths and areas for development.
books will show:
  • Pupils have had opportunities for practice and refinement of skills.
  • A varied and engaging curriculum which develops a range of language skills.
  • Developed and final pieces of work which showcase the skills learned.
  • Clear progression of skills in line with expectations set out in the progression grids.
  • That pupils, over time, develop a range of skills and language enabling them to communicate in French with another person.
Monitoring
  • The subject leader will collate appropriate evidence over time which evidences that pupils know more and remember more.
  • Monitor the standards in the subject to ensure the outcomes are at expected levels.
  • Provide ongoing CPD support based on the outcomes of subject monitoring to ensure that the impact of the curriculum is wide reaching and positive.

We like to make sure we are making our French learning is as practical as possible with lots of verbal activities, songs and games. Make sure you follow our twitter page #FrenchTPA to see what we get up to!

How to Help at Home

Take your child to a museum

France has produced some of the most talented artists, such as Monet and Renoir. Check your local museum’s schedule to see when it is featuring a French-inspired exhibition and bring your child along. The admission for children is typically free.

Celebrate French holidays

Celebrating important French holidays, such as Bastille Day, will teach your child about French history. Celebrate by making some fun crafts or taking part in holiday traditions. Similar to the Fourth of July, the French display fireworks.

Cook a French meal

Familiarize your child with French cuisine by having him or her help you whip up a traditional French meal. Your child can channel their inner Julia Child with traditional French dishes, such as quiche and crème brûlée.

Watch a French movie

Fire up Netflix and host a French movie night with your family. Here are some kid-friendly French movies you and your child can enjoy: “A Monster in Paris,” “The Red Ballon,” and “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.”

Listen to French music

Do you have a Pandora or Spotify account? Download some French songs to listen to while at home or on the road. Listening to French music will help familiarize your child with French accents and pronunciations.

Puzzles

You can download and print dozens of free French crosswords and word searches for your child. He or she will have fun playing, while simultaneously learning French vocabulary and simple sentences. Keep a stack in the car for long road trips.

Memory game

Create some French flashcards and place them face down on a table. Your child will flip over two cards. If the pictures match, your child will flip over two more cards. The point of the game is to match all of the cards from memory.

Coloring books

Purchase a French coloring book for. These coloring books will spark your child’s creativity, while helping him or her learn various vocabulary words and themes.

Read French books

There are a ton of beginner French books. Le Petit Prince is one of the most well-known French children’s books. You can find the book in almost any book shop or online.

Hangman

This French activity is played exactly like the original Hangman version, except you are using French vocabulary words and phrases instead of English.