Modern Foreign Languages

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Modern Foreign Languages


Pupils at Bantock are set challenged but achievable goals so they are motivated to succeed in their learning.
A culture of enjoyment in the learning of MFL is developed so that they are happy to participate in learning.
Engaging delivery of lessons serves to inspire pupils.
Early identification of pupils’ abilities serves to nurture individuals to become independent learners.
Bantock Primary School understand the critical value of preparing children for their next stage in their education.

Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for children. Bantock Primary intends to encourage positive attitudes towards foreign language learning and other cultures.

This school aims to: 

  • Develop children’s speaking and listening skills and lay the foundations for future language learning. 
  • Develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the target language and English.
  • Enhance pupils’ awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduce an international dimension to pupils’ learning; giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.
  • Provide a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.
  • Provide children with a solid base, which they can then further develop at KS3 and beyond.

Purpose of Study
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

Attainment Targets
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. 
Subject Content

French is the modern foreign language that is taught in our school. The curriculum that is followed is based on the guidance given in the revised National Curriculum.
During French sessions children are given the opportunity to work as a class, as individuals and as part of a group. The choice of class organisation is determined by the learning task. By its nature MFL will involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts.

Key stage 2: Foreign language
Teaching is focussed on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. The teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication. 
Pupils should be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English

Progression of Skills