St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

MFL Curriculum Statement

French

Intent

At St. Patrick’s , we are committed to ensuring our MFL teaching provides the foundation for learning further languages, as well as the means to access international opportunities for study and work later in life. The teaching of French in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at KS3. 

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. We teach the 2014 National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages through  the use of the Scheme of Work – Language Angels. This aims to ensure that all children:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, find ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are 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.

A high-quality language education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. At our school, we are committed to ensuring that teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We recognise that competence in another language enables children to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures. We also embrace the opportunity to celebrate how some children are already bilingual as they have English as a second language. 

Implementation

Children are introduced to French in the EYFS. Throughout KS1, children receive a weekly lesson. This is supplemented through the use of spoken French  in the classroom beyond the timetabled lesson, which includes the use of French  to give basic instructions and refer to familiar objects in the classroom. This enables the children to develop early language acquisition skills that facilitate their understanding of the patterns of language and how these differ from, or are similar to, English. In KS2, each class has a timetabled French  lesson of 45 minutes.

Lessons across the Key Stages support the skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar:

  • Children are taught to listen attentively to spoken language and respond, joining in with songs, rhymes and games.
  • Children develop an appreciation of a variety of stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French  which are delivered through the curriculum content, as well as by French speakers within the school community.
  • Children currently have an international link with children in a school in Kenya.  This supports the school’s commitment to providing opportunities for children to communicate and appreciate other cultures and the wider global community.
  • Cross curricular links with music. During the autumn term, each class learns a song in an international language during their music lessons and performs it to an audience on the celebration of International Languages and Music Day. 
  • The Celebration of International Languages and Music Day takes place in the autumn term: parents and relatives of Reception and Year 6 children are invited into school to St. Patrick’s Continental Cafe. Year 6 children greet their  ‘customers’ in French, take their orders and serve them with Continental delicacies such as ‘des croissants, du t, du café ou du chocolat chaud’.
  • Links with creative writing and computing. During the summer term, Year 6 children design and create French books which they read to their chosen audience in EYFS or KS1 class. This provides opportunities for children to perform, practise their pronunciation and intonation, whilst encouraging the appreciation and beauty of languages to younger children within St. Patrick’s.
  • Knowledge and skills in French  are progressive from one year to the next and are mapped across the school, in line with the Languages Angels  scheme of work. Cross curricular links have been identified and the school’s own context is considered as part of curriculum planning, including, for example, how resources can be used to enhance and enrich French  learning.

 

Impact

Our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where different languages, including the range of home languages spoken by the families of the school, as well as French , are spoken in the world. St. Patrick’s also ensures that languages are celebrated throughout the school community whilst providing a context for language learning whilst developing the children’s understanding of different cultures.

The school has a long and proud history in working in collaboration with schools, in other parts of Europe, to enrich the curriculum. Giving the children an exciting look at the world beyond their own community

St Patrick’s is a fully accredited International School – awarded from The British Council, in recognition of our work to give a global dimension to the teaching and learning at St Patricks.

Working across a range of activities and projects to enrich our curriculum, the school has formed strong connections with schools across Europe in Italy (Milan) and Portugal (Lisbon). Working in collaboration we have exchanged shared artwork, learnt and shared songs in our MFL work (Italian and Portuguese) and even created pen pals with our friends aboard. We shared examples of our work on the European Union online platform eTwinning. One of our collaborative projects received recognition when awarded the eTwinning Award of excellence.  This was a joint project with our friends in Milan based themed around Holocaust Memorial Day. 

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