Modern Foreign Language

Intent

  • To foster an interest in learning other languages.
  • To give children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
  • To help develop communication skills, including the key skills of speaking and listening.
  • To help children understand that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • To develop children’s awareness of cultural differences in other countries.

Implementation

At Brecknock, we follow the “Language Angels” Scheme of work. It has been designed with non-specialists in mind: it helps to scaffold the languages curriculum and make teaching and learning French an easy, fun experience for pupils and teachers alike. Each lesson is built around specific goals and subject themes so that pupils can develop their language skills as a series of building blocks.

Each of the four main learning aims and the twelve content points for the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Languages are revisited throughout KS2, ensuring that children have every opportunity to make progress in their: knowledge about language; language-learning strategies; functional knowledge and use of grammar and spelling; intercultural understanding; speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

All learning starts by revisiting prior knowledge to encourage children to make connections. Knowledge Organisers provide children with subject-specific vocabulary and key learning. Knowledge Organisers are used for pre-teaching, to support home learning and as a part of regular review in lessons.

Whilst the National Curriculum does not stipulate specific expectations for each Key Stage 2 year group for Languages, the Languages aims are divided so that they are covered in progressive difficulty from the expected outcomes in Year 3 units to more demanding language expectations by the end of the four Year 6 units. Each term, teaching focuses on central theme. Throughout each unit, whenever new language is presented, children are given repeated opportunities to practise and produce the target language. Those points will then be recapped in later lessons and units.

French Overview

KS2 French Overview Knowledge Mat