Modern Foreign Languages
Dane Royd Linguists
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 carries on through to Year 6. We teach French as our first modern foreign language, its is taught by a language specialist with a degree in French and Spanish. Our teacher is tri-lingual. Mandarin is also taught in school, we employ a Chinese Language Assistant through the British Council, they are qualified teachers in China who have completed a comprehensive training programme to teach Mandarin as a Foreign Language by Hanban. Our teaching of Mandarin is an enhancement to our MFL curriculum and lays the foundations of skills to support children in 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 enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence, we strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language.
Our programme of study is very clear, it does not stop with vocabulary, we teach the skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
It is our intention that through the reading of foreign language books, children learn to develop intonation, expression, clues to meaning and the beauty of language.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in languages, through weekly taught lessons. 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. The topics allow children to access a variety of text types and genres which they are able to identify by applying cross curricular skills. 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 made based upon the outcomes of classroom learning and pupils application of reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar . We strive to ensure that our pupil’s attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children.
At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, we are preparing children to live in a diverse and dynamic society. The teaching of foreign languages supports children to be confident communicators and to think as global citizens. The MFL curriculum goes beyond the teaching of language it includes inter-cultural understanding and aspects of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. MFL is monitored by our subject leaders throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies; class assemblies, book scrutinizes, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil voice. Feedback is provided to our language teachers; leaders use the information to see if the children know more and remember more.