At Woodley Primary School, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. During our structured curriculum, we aim for the children in KS2 to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We also aim to build the children’s ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures.
Giving our pupils the opportunity to communicate in a MFL promotes pupils to develop in confidence, through communication skills, that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between a foreign language and English.
Throughout Key Stage 2 the children progress through our French Scheme which includes a wide variety of activities.
- practising the correct pronunciation of words, phrases and sentences;
- asking and answering questions;
- memorising vocabulary and using bi-lingual dictionaries;
- learning about French cultures and traditions;
- communicating with other people.
Our aim is to prepare them for their language experiences at secondary school and enable them to appreciate the diversity of language spoken not only throughout their community but throughout the world.
We really try to give the children a well-rounded experience of French living. It’s not just about learning the language!