At St Gabriel’s, we aim to inspire our children to appreciate the joy and challenge of learning a different language. French is taught at St Gabriel’s as we aim to equip our children to converse in French as part of their visit to France in upper key stage two. With approximately 30% of words in the English language originating from French, we also believe learning French supports children with their understanding of the connectedness of language across time and space.
MFL is taught weekly for thirty minutes as a discrete lesson. Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. Our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and is delivered through the Language Angels scheme of work. Language Angels ensures children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics. They also ensure development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied. Lessons are predominantly centred around speaking and listening activities as well as some reading of words, phrases and simple sentences. On occasions, children will write in French.
The units provide the context for learning. Units include a mixture of relevant contexts for children such as ‘At School’ and ‘The Weekend’ as well as links to other curriculum areas such ‘World War II’. Each unit contains child friendly presentations and engages children through visual prompts, songs and games. Sound buttons are also included within presentations to support children with the accurate pronunciation.
Assessment for learning strategies are employed to enable teachers to identify the strength of understanding of the children. Teachers will use this information to make adaptations to their planning to meet the needs of the children. Teachers may also change the focus of learning during a lesson to ensure children are supported and challenged. During each unit, teachers will collect evidence of children’s learning. Video/audio recordings are made as well as gathering some written responses to learning. Teachers keep these to support them to assess children each term School leaders monitor this evidence and hold individual termly meetings with all teachers to ensure they are supported to provide a high-quality MFL curriculum. In addition, children’s views and understanding are ascertained through pupil interviews/surveys.