Marlborough Primary School
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children 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 children to study and work in other countries.
At Marlborough Primary School:
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2, using the Light Bulb Languages Scheme. Areas covered include numbers, colours, house and home, in town, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.
It is intended that when children leave Marlborough Primary School, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at Secondary School.
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows:
- 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.
A breakdown of these attainment targets for each year group.
In Year 3 we focus on learning to introduce themselves, ask questions and respond appropriately. They listen and respond to French and learn the days of the week, colours, numbers to twenty and the French alphabet. Their focus is on aiming to have a short dialogue confidently in French with some opportunities to begin writing in French.
Year 4 develop more skills in responding to classroom instructions and classroom objects. With a greater emphasis on beginning to write simple French sentences, they also begin to describe family members and places in a town. Children begin to develop dictionary skills in Year 4.
Year 5 and 6
With a focus on writing grammatically correct sentences, Year 5 and 6 will learn about saying how they feel, school subjects and giving opinions, foods, weather and clothing. Our older children will also begin to learn more about using verbs in French.
The impact is an increased enjoyment and understanding of different cultures and languages, skills that are transferable in the next stage of their education and a greater awareness of a previously unfamiliar culture; therefore linking to the Equality Act and British Fundamental Values.
Teachers use assessment for learning and assess children according to the learning objectives they teach, they then use this information to plan their next set of lessons. Pupil Voice is also used to further develop the MFL curriculum, through the questioning of pupils' views and attitudes to learning a language.