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Walton On Trent C of E Primary and Nursery School

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MFL

Intent

At Walton on Trent CE Primary School the MFL curriculum is international so that there is an understanding, celebration of and respect for the diversity within our local community and the world. We want to develop pupils who are excited to explore the wider world within and outside the classroom and we realise the value of studying multiple languages and cultures as a means of increasing pupils’ cultural capital. Our Curriculum is designed to cover all aspects of the National Curriculum, which has then been broken down into the skills, knowledge and vocabulary needed. This forms the MFL Curriculum map, which ensures a structured progression building upon children’s prior learning. Planned sequences of learning will take account of prior knowledge and skills development, building upon these to prepare for the next stage in their learning journey.

 

Implementation

With an approach which takes into account the pupils’ ongoing language-learning journey, we appreciate the need for children to have transferable language skills as opposed to simply knowledge of one specific language, which may then not be continued at high school. French is the primary language taught (in Y1-2 and 5-6) but in lower KS2 we have a specialist-designed multi-lingual programme. For French, we use a combination of lessons from an interactive scheme, Rigolo - which allows pupils to listen to stories and songs by native speakers as well as take part in interactive games – with French-linked continuous provision for KS1 and topic-linked lessons written by our specialist teacher in KS2.  The Investigating Languages programme in Y3-4 allows pupils to build upon their early language learning experiences to explore, compare and contrast a variety of alphabets, stories, songs, languages and cultures including German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Russian; understanding the roots of different languages and how they are linked puts the subject in a meaningful context and gives our pupils a greater understanding to build upon when they study one language in depth in years 5-6 and further at high school. Lessons generally comprise initial teacher input with the whole class then pupils are given the choice which level of independent challenge they complete. From KS2 there is a differentiated success criteria with both skills and knowledge and pupils annotate skills grids at the back of their books at the end of every lesson. The school is also always looking to further develop internationalism within and beyond the curriculum by developing local and international links and projects; we already have German and Ugandan link schools and achieved the full accreditation of the British Council’s International School Award in July 2019.

 

Impact

Our MFL curriculum is well thought out and planned to give children the skills, knowledge and opportunity to be challenged in their thinking and learning and prepare for their next stage of learning and into their future lives. The evidence of having done this multi-lingual programme for the past 5 years has shown that far from disadvantaging the children from making ‘substantial progress in one language’, the skills they have developed over the course of lower KS2 actually makes them better language learners and allows for accelerated progress.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Pupil discussions and interviews about their learning,

  • An assessment of standards achieved judged against the skills and knowledge outlined in our Curriculum map

  • Evidence of pupils work, gathered at the end of units.

 

By the time our children leave Walton on Trent CE Primary we want them to:

  • 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

  • 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

  • have an appreciation and understanding of a range of languages and cultures

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