Intent, Implementation and Impact in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Overseal Primary School understands that learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. A good understanding of a foreign language should provide the foundation for learning further languages and deepen pupils’ understanding of the world.
At Overseal Primary School our intent for the MFL curriculum is to have clear progression in the understanding of French throughout Key Stage 2 and our curriculum is based on the 2014 national Curriculum in England which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and expectations.
MFL in our school is about developing children’s understanding and confidence, allowing them to develop the skills they need to unpick other languages. They are immersed in French vocabulary which enables them to make links between English and French, identifying similarities and differences between the two languages. We intend to provide a broad MFL curriculum for all children in Overseal Primary School which fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.
In general, children have little exposure to French outside of school, so we start by teaching the basic elements of the language. By providing these basics, pupils are well-prepared to build on their understanding as they progress through Key Stage 2 and continue their study of languages through secondary school.
To ensure high standards of language teaching across Key Stage 2, we implement a curriculum which is progressive. Teachers are supported by a range of resources (namely the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ scheme of learning) to ensure that the objectives of the National Curriculum are met. Language teaching at Overseal Primary School involves adapting the curriculum to match the needs of all pupils. We provide opportunities for children to use a range of skills within French lessons: speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. We ensure that there is a balance of different tasks to enable children to feel more confident with both spoken and written elements of French and use interactive activities and games to develop understanding and confidence. Formative assessment is implemented throughout lessons with mini-plenaries and checking of understanding.
The impact of this is to ensure that children acquire age-appropriate knowledge of the French language alongside the generic language skills which will equip them for learning different languages in the future. Children are encouraged to understand the relevance of what they are learning and its relation to everyday life. They should have an understanding of how it could help them whilst talking to a French speaker or whilst travelling to other countries.