Subject Leader: Mrs Jordan and Miss Harrison
At Barrowcliff, we are determined to ensure each KS2 child receives high quality MFL teaching. We chose to teach the children French as this supports their transition into our local secondary schools that also teach French. 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. We follow the North Yorkshire scheme of work across Key Stage 2. The children enjoy using the resources including video stories, songs and games. The children have the opportunity to learn French vocabulary linked to a range of topics including money, animals and school. Throughout the week, the children get the opportunity to practice what they have learned.
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.
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 are used on the interactive whiteboard support and engage children in their French learning.
MFL supports Spiritual development by getting the pupils excited about learning about the world around them.
MFL supports Moral development by encouraging pupils to recognise the importance of learning a MFL from another country to enable them to respect how difficult it is when people visit Britain and try to speak a new language.
MFL supports Social development by allowing children to work with a partner or as part of a group.
MFL Supports Cultural development by encouraging children to appreciate the similarities and differences between France and Britain.
Every year, we hold a French day to promote French/language learning throughout school. Each class spends the day experiencing a range of activities, including tasting French foods, to support their language learning and give them an increasing understanding of the History, Geography and Culture of France.