Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
‘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.’ (National Curriculum 2014 – Appendix A)
Learning a language enriches the curriculum, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained contribute to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others. Our MFL curriculum supports our children in deepening their understanding of the world and how we fit in with our global community.
Our school values of ambition, belief and courage are core to encouraging our children to experiment with their learning, developing the confidence to converse openly in lessons through expressing their own individual opinions and creating opportunities to perform with peers. Tasks are planned carefully to build on previous learning, broaden vocabulary and develop understanding of new vocabulary and basic grammar. This ensures that all children are given opportunities to build on prior knowledge and revisit key concepts so that this knowledge of the French language becomes embedded in their long-term memory.
Our MFL curriculum is taught once a week to each class and is split across four strands: speaking, listening, reading and writing, where there are opportunities planned to introduce, embed and consolidate core learning. There are a number of opportunities created for children to actively converse and express their individual opinions on given topics.
Due to the richness of the diversity at Woodfield, we intend to build solid foundations for our children to be able to learn further languages which they can build on confidently as they move forward in their learning journey.