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Modern Foreign Languages

Our Intent: Why our Modern Foreign Language curriculum looks like this

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

What are the aims of the Green Lane Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages?

The Green Lane Curriculum for MFL follows the aims of the National Curriculum to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

MFL Subject Content: Key Stage 2

Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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

Implementation and Impact: How do we teach our MFL curriculum and what is the purpose of our MFL curriculum?

IMPLEMENTATIONIMPACT
Our MFL curriculum is taught as part of our Creative Curriculum.
 
Our MFL Teacher is bi-lingual and speaks fluent Spanish and English
Lessons are delivered as part of the PPA team.
Lessons are  45 minutes long
There are 14 lessons in each academic year.
Children will have a Spanish Exercise book which will be used across  the Key Stage
 
Objectives are taught using a variety of Teaching and Learning strategies and include:
 
Written work
Memory games
Conversations
Songs
Rhymes
Games with equipment
Speaking and Listening Activities
Role Play
English/ Spanish dictionaries
 
Relevant festivals and celebrations are included when appropriate – depending on topic being covered in other subjects
Children will:
 
Learn to speak Spanish in a cross curricula and creative way.
 
Ask and answer questions in Spanish
 
Develop their listening skills.
 
Be able to orally spell words given to them in Spanish
 
Write down words and  short sentences in Spanish
 
Read words and short sentences written in Spanish
 
Be able to hold a short conversation in Spanish
 
Appreciate other ways of living and different cultures
 
Learn how other people and cultures celebrate festivals
 
Use a English/Spanish dictionary

Please click here to view our Progression of Skills for Modern Foreign Languages.

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