Modern Foreign Languages

At Village Primary School, we believe that the learning of a modern foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. Learning a modern foreign language helps all children develop their interest and curiosity in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. At our school, learning a modern foreign language begins at KS2 and children will study French.

We aim to develop children’s experience of language learning and encourage curiosity about languages. We aim to develop their understanding of what they hear and read, and provide opportunities for them to express themselves in speech and writing. Additionally, we aim to extend their knowledge of how language works by exploring the similarities and differences between French and English.

 

Skills Progression in MFL

  EYFS KS1 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Speaking

Repeat simple words in chorus

40-60 months

• Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.

Repeat simple phrases in chorus

 

Speak using simple words, phrases and simple sentences

Speak familiar words in chorus

Use correct pronunciation

Communicate by asking and answering a wider range of questions.

Present short pieces of information to another person

Use correct pronunciation

Take part in short conversations using familiar words/phrases.

Present to others using gesture and intonation to make meaning clear.

Understand and express simple opinions.

Take part in conversation and begin to tell simple stories.

Use connectives to add fluency.

Present to an audience.

Listening

ELGs

Children listen to instructions and follow them accurately, asking for clarification if necessary. They listen attentively with sustained concentration to follow a story without pictures or props and can listen in a larger group, for example at assembly.

40-60 months

• Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity.

Listen and respond to familiar words (e.g. Greetings) Listen and respond to familiar words/phrases.

Follow a text accurately while it is being read.

Listen for specific words/phrases and identify these.

Listen attentively and understand phrases and sentences in a passage.

Identify key words/phrases to help answer questions.

Understand the main points in a passage spoken with authentic speed.

Answer questions based on what they hear.

Reading  

Read aloud familiar words.

Understand familiar written words.

Read a wider range of familiar words/phrases to another person. Read a variety of simple texts and answer questions.

Read aloud with expression and correct pronunciation.

Read and understand more specific details from a variety of simple texts.

Writing   Write some familiar words from memory or using supported materials. Write some familiar words/phrases from memory or using supported materials.

Write simple sentences and short paragraphs from memory or using supported materials.

Use verbs in the correct form.

Check spellings using a dictionary.

Write longer sentences and short paragraphs from memory or using supported materials.

Use verbs in the correct form.

Use adjectives and connectives.

 

Vision

At Village it is our vision that our curriculum will provide children the opportunity to become well-round, global citizens. Through language learning the children are able to gain a further understanding of the world around them, further than that of their locality. We begin teaching French during EYFS to enable children to gain a good understanding of the French language where they are able to develop upon this as they progress throughout their school life.

The teaching of modern foreign languages enables our children to be mindful and prepares our children for life in modern Britain. Through the teaching of French our children develop awareness of cultural differences and develop tolerance within diverse society. Together with the teaching of Philosophy for Children, Global Goals and Rights Respecting Children our children are open-minded and aware of the fast-changing world around them. We aim for our children to dream of the wider world, explore its languages and discover its culture.

 

French – Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Reception

Counting 1-10

Counting 1-10

Counting 1-10

Colours

Colours

Colours

Year 1

Counting 10-20

Counting 10-20

Counting 10-20

Days of the week

Days of the week

Days of the week

Year 2

Months of the year

Months of the year

Months of the year

Greetings

Greetings

Greetings

Skills
KS1

–          Respond and join in with spoken language.

–          Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes.

–          Listen attentively to spoken language.

Year 3

How are you?

How are you?

Birthdays

Parts of the body

Animals

Animals

Year 4

Numbers 20-50

Numbers 20-50

Classroom

Classroom

Sports

Time

Year 5

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Instruction words

Directions

Weather

Weather

Year 6

School routine

School routine

Places in town

Places in town

Ordering in a café

Ordering in a café

Skills
KS2

–          Explore patterns and sounds of language.

–          Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing. 

–          Engage in conversations.

–          Ask and answer questions.

–          Express and respond to opinions.

–          Seek clarification and help.

–          Speak using sentences with familiar vocabulary, phrases and structures.

–          Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.

–          Presents ideas and information orally.

–          Describe places, people and things.

–          Write phrases from memory and adapt to create new sentences.

–          Link spelling and meaning of words.

–          Broaden their vocabulary and use a dictionary.