Modern Foreign Language Subject Leader: Mrs Russ
At Gade Valley Primary School, we believe that enabling pupils to express their ideas in another language provides essential and practical knowledge for them to participate as global citizens in the 21st century. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop an international outlook and gain an insight into the people and culture of other countries. Our intention is that pupils will develop a deep curiosity for language as they learn to express themselves with increasing confidence. Language learning is beneficial as it boosts self-esteem and further develops pupils understanding of English: pupils use what they learn in one language to reinforce what they have learned in another. In addition, learning a language helps our pupils to develop their CHAMP skills of confidence, helpfulness, attentiveness, motivation and perseverance.
We believe that our Modern Foreign Language (MFL) curriculum will enable:
How we teach MFL
At Gade Valley, pupils learn French in Key Stage 2, based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study for languages. All MFL lessons include the Gade Valley Principles of Teaching and Learning, which ensures that all pupils are challenged, learning time is maximised and clear learning goals are provided. French lessons take place weekly. We use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure that the four key language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are covered in an age-appropriate way across Key Stage 2.
Our French teaching is progressive. Each unit increases in the level of challenge and linguistic and grammatical complexity as the pupils move through the early language units in Years 3 and 4, through the intermediate units in Years 4 and 5 and into the most challenging units in Year 6. Language learning is fun and we use a variety of teaching methods, including games, role-play, songs and computer-based interactive games.
Where appropriate, we make sure that French is linked to class topics and cross-curricular themes. Occasionally, we hold special events to deepen pupils experience and knowledge of the language. . For example, we held a French day where children had the opportunity to sample some of the language, culture (and food!) of France. Also, in the Autumn Term 2019, we held a cross-curricular ‘Take One Country’ Day, in which children enjoyed learning more about France as well as other countries.
Key Developments and Information for 2022/23
Up to December 2022:
Key Information for 2021/2022