Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Hillside:
At Hillside, we aim to ensure each KS2 child receives high-quality MFL teaching. Lessons should teach children the skills needed to communicate confidently in French. Children should also be able to express their thoughts and ideas both in speech and writing.
The children have the opportunity to learn French vocabulary linked to a range of topics including money, animals and school. Songs, games and videos are used to support language learning and engage the children further. Furthermore, Language learning at Hillside is about fun, communication, confidence/team building, learning about cultures and beliefs and respecting others.
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The objectives for MFL in KS2 are clearly set out for each year group in the National Curriculum:
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught about:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English
The starred (*) content above will not be applicable to ancient languages.
The contribution of MFL to teaching in other curriculum areas
The learning of a modern foreign language contributes to the development of our children’s listening and speaking skills. It also develops the children’s grasp of linguistic features such as rhyme, rhythm and emphasises the importance of knowing the role of different word types in sentence structure.
Children reinforce their time-telling skills by playing time-related games in the foreign language. We play number games, too, that reinforce their counting and calculation skills, expand their understanding of date, and increase their knowledge about money.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
One of the main benefits to the children of learning a modern foreign language at primary school level is a social one. It gives the children the opportunity to learn about cultures from a different country. Lessons also give children the opportunity to take part in paired/ group work.
We ask the children to do research on the different countries in which the French language is spoken after they have first found them on a map or a globe. In MFL lessons children will learn the names of cities and towns in France and will also begin to describe the weather.
Videos, games and programmes used on the interactive whiteboard support and engage children in their French learning.
Every year, we hold a French day to promote French/language learning throughout school. The Year 5 children hold a French market which links to the learning they complete in class. The other classes complete a range of activities to support their language learning and give them an increasing understanding of the History, Geography and Culture of France.
Assessment for learning
Children demonstrate their ability in French during lessons through conversations with other pupils/ teachers and work completed during lessons. On completion of a piece of work, the teacher assesses the work and the level of understanding shown by the child. Written feedback is given and children are encouraged to self-assess their own learning. At the end of each unit of work, teachers complete an Excel spreadsheet, in which units are broken down into five skill: listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. Children are assessed as to whether they are emerging, developing and securing within these areas. This is used to provide accurate information to other teachers, the MFL subject leader and learning support assistants termly and during times of transition. The MFL subject leader keeps samples of children’s work in a portfolio.