At Grange Junior School, children are supported and guided through high quality teaching to nurture a lifelong love of languages and an appreciation of other cultures. We are committed to developing the confidence and competence of each child in the foreign language they are learning. Our goal is for them to be passionate and confident, and they are encouraged to take the initiative to follow their curiosity about their own foreign language learning abilities, as well as, to develop their own creative responses as linguists when they finish the Primary School phase of their education.
We intend that children will develop and demonstrate substantial progress in the five key language skills necessary for learning French.
We aim to ensure that pupils of all abilities develop solid foundations in these key language learning skills - properly preparing them for the next stage of their language learning journey. These skills will develop children’s ability to understand what they hear and read and enable them to express themselves in speech and writing. We will extend their knowledge of how language works and explore the connections between the foreign language they are learning and English. We will also help strengthen their sense of identity through learning about culture in other countries and comparing it with their own.
French is taught in a whole class setting through weekly lessons. We follow the Language Angels scheme of work which is supplemented by teachers with their own ideas and experience and those of their colleagues. As staff we seek to enable our children to celebrate and welcome differences in our world and it is vital they have an understanding of
different languages and countries. By introducing and exposing our children to this they will have a deepened ability to show respect and play a valuable part in our global society. To achieve this, we engage and immerse children in a range of experiences that help them better understand similarities and differences between cultures.
The lessons are designed to motivate, captivate, and interest children from the first moment. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEND children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult. In addition to the timetabled session every week, classes revisit to consolidate knowledge and ensure new language is retained.
Following Language Angels ensures that our MFL curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and progressively develops skills in French as children move up through the school. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through a range of interactive activities, such as conversational work, role play, singing, games and stories. These practical approaches help improve memory and recall.
As confidence and ability grows, children record their work in French Books that move up the school with them, through pictures, words, phrases, and sentences. Strategies to support written work include key vocabulary displayed in the classroom, regular use of flashcards and word mats available to the children.
Assessment of Pupil Learning & Progression
Assessment criteria is used, in line with National Curriculum requirements, to enable teachers to assess the progress of children. As well as providing verbal feedback, children’s work is marked with follow up questions to extend their understanding.
Two forms of assessment are available at the end of every Language Angels unit:
1. Peer and self-assessment ‘I can do…’ grids. A quick and easy way for all pupils in the class to record which units they have completed and the progress they are making.
2. More detailed skills-based assessments using bespoke skills assessment worksheets. This form of assessment enables us to determine the learning and progression of all pupils in the key language learning skills as well as monitoring their progress against the 12 attainment targets stipulated in the DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2.
We have high expectations of the teaching and learning of French and we approach the teaching of MFL in a way that is enjoyable, engaging and stimulating so that children develop an interest in learning other languages. By fostering a ‘have a go’ attitude, children are encouraged to take risks in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. In this way we build children’s confidence through the exploration of another language, enabling them to become inquisitive and resilient learners. Children are supported and challenged as appropriate to meet age-related expectations across Key Stage 2 and as the children progress through the school they build on their speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills. These skills not only lay the foundations for future language learning but also foster a curiosity of other cultures.