Modern Foreign Languages
Our INTENT statement:
At Buglawton Primary School our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum is designed to be accessible to all so that every child knows more, remembers more and understands more. We wish to create an MFL curriculum which develops learning and enables children to acquire knowledge and skills to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be citizens within a global community.
Our intent is to:
- Create a curriculum which incorporates a wide range of vocabulary and grammar of the French language so children are able to communicate in a language other than English.
- Utilise a programme of work within the MFL curriculum which enables children to explore the cultural capital of another country through its language and traditions.
- Provide the experience of visiting a traditional French town and allow children opportunities to explore the language and traditions they have learnt about in school.
Modern Foreign Languages
In September 2014, languages became a compulsory element of the primary curriculum. The teaching of a modern foreign language at Primary level provides pupils with an insight into another culture and lifestyle, a greater understanding of the manipulation of language as well as providing the foundation for continued learning at secondary school. All pupils in KS2 learn French and enjoy learning about the culture of France and its language through songs, games and stories. Years 5 and 6 also have the opportunity to put their language skills to good use during the residential to France.
French Scheme of Work for KS2
Learning another language develops children’s cultural awareness and understanding of the world around them. It extends their knowledge of how language works and helps them to develop communication skills. The twelve aims as set out in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Languages are revisited throughout the four-year scheme across engaging units of work that are based on familiar themes.
Bastille Day - La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day, or the French National Day, is celebrated on July 14th every year in France. It is a day to celebrate and remember the beginning of the French Revolution, following the storming of the Bastille in Paris, which was a fortress and prison representing French Royalty in 1789.
All our pupils have the opportunity to experience this part of French culture when we have a whole school Bastille Day celebration. The day starts with a whole school assembly to learn more about the history of Bastille Day, followed by classroom activities and a French-themed school lunch.
On a bi-annual basis, Year 5 and 6 children are invited and encouraged to take part in a one week trip to France. This proves to be is one of our most popular events in the school calendar and a hugely valuable learning experience that builds on the prior learning the pupils have had throughout KS2. At Buglawton, we acknowledge and embrace the importance of outdoor educational learning to the curriculum. More than just a fun ‘school trip away’, the French residential is a key part of our curriculum which creates experiences that enhance pupils’ classroom learning, adding opportunities pupils may not otherwise have. It promotes the importance of allowing children to connect with the outdoor world, and the powerful and inspirational lessons to be learned by experiencing a different culture and language.
Duolingo is an online platform that children and parents can access at home which includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. The app and the website are free to use. Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated when learning online but Duolingo is so fun that children will pick up new skills whilst playing a game.