Modern Foreign Languages
Communicate, Discover, Enrich
We are ambitious for all our children in the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages. The MFL curriculum at Dane Royd Junior and Infant School begins in Upper Foundation Stage and continues through to Year 6. We teach French as our first Modern Foreign Language, taught by a language specialist with a degree in French and German.
Until March 2020 Mandarin was also taught in school. We usually employ a Chinese Language Assistant through the British Council, qualified teachers who have completed a comprehensive training programme to teach Mandarin as a foreign language. Our teaching of Mandarin is an enhancement to our MFL curriculum further developed by our Y6 parent and pupil visit to our sister school in Chengdu, China.
In French our intention is that children develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is both enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence whilst developing their curiosity as to how language is structured.
Our programme of study is very clear and well sequenced, developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening. Grammar is taught systematically to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts laying the foundations for future language learning.
Je m'appelle Madame Hannam.
J'adore le Francais.
When teaching languages we aim to:
· Develop a love of languages and an appreciation of how language works
· Enhance confidence in spoken language, pronouncing common graphemes to promote accurate pronunciation and intonation
· Improve confidence in learning new vocabulary including how to use a bilingual dictionary and the strategies need to commit words to memory
· Teach an understanding of key concepts such as gender, adjectival agreement, word order and the use of high frequency verbs
· Provide the opportunity to read and appreciate stories, poems and rhymes along with the ability to respond to language from authentic sources
· Develop confidence in writing, integrating new language into previously learned language
Reading is promoted through our scheme of work ensuring that children have regular opportunities to read sentences and short texts and hear French stories read alound. These include rhymes, song lyrics, short paragraphs and French literature through the form of poetry, which is taught in upper key stage 2. Children are also exposed to authentic material and encouraged to use their reading skills to find their way through a text, drawing on their knowledge of their own language to decipher meaning and recognising language patterns.
Our classroom environments celebrate learning in French and provide the opportunity for children to read at word level, sentence level and text level, consolidating current learning. Our reading area includes a range of French texts, including magazines and short stories.
We follow the Little Languages Scheme of Work in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and the ‘La Jolie Ronde’ Scheme of work in Key Stage 2 to ensure coverage and progression across school. Both schemes are written by the Wakefield School Improvement Advisor Rachel Redfearn. The MFL Language Leaders attended termly training to support the teaching of Languages in the school lead by Rachel Redfearn.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. By Years 5 and 6 children are writing in paragraphs confidently applying key vocabulary, sentence structures and French grammar in their extended writing French is taught weekly throughout the school. We teach French in a logical sequenced order building on and revisiting high frequency language, teaching through topics that allow children to apply their knowledge of grammatical structures and key phrases. Children have to opportunity to listen to stories being read in the target language as well as read stories for themselves, accessing our MFL school library. In MFL lessons we constantly revisit language skills and build on and recap knowledge. Children have the opportunity to share their language learning beyond the classroom through class assemblies, MFL focused events, visits by children from countries speaking the target language in school exchanges and by taking part in the Y6 visit to their sister school in China. Language learning is purposeful.
Our Scheme of Work has clear age related expectations; it is clear what children should be able to do and understand in MFL. Assessment is based upon the explicit expectations written in the Long Term Plan which includes pupils’ achievement in reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. We strive to ensure that our pupils’ attainment is in line with or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children.
At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, pupils leave KS2 well prepared for the rigour of language learning at KS3 and beyond. It is our hope that the vast majority of our former pupils will take and be successful in GCSE languages or as part of their Ebacc qualification. The teaching of foreign languages supports children to be confident communicators and think as global citizens. The MFL curriculum goes beyond the teaching of a language, it includes intercultural understanding and the aspects of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. MFL is monitored by our subject leader throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies. These include class assemblies, book scrutinies, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil voice.
Popular French Nursery Rhymes & Songs
Promenons-nous dand les bois
Wolves play a big part in French stories and childhood tales, probably because they used to be common in the French countryside.
Let's wander in the forest
While the wolf is not there
If the wolf was here
He would eat us
Wolf are you there?
What are you doing?
Do you hear?
(Wolf) I'm putting on my shirt
European Day of Languages 26th September 2021
Keep an eye out for how we celebrate European Day of Languages at Dane Royd!
Dane Royd Junior & Infant School