Modern Foreign Language - MFL
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.
- 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 Languages – key stage 2
- 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.
We have a KS2 team that lead this area of the curriculum. Previously we had covered 2 languages, Spanish in Years 3 and 4 and then French in Years 5 and 6. However, the National Curriculum - Subject Content states that:
“Teaching may be of any modern or ancient foreign language and should focus 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.”
We have responded to this and reviewed our language provision. As a team we decided to introduce French across all of KS2 in September 2019. All classes will be following the Year 3 planning for this academic year. This will form the foundations for us to build on this and extend as the children move through KS2.
The team meet regularly to discuss and review the MFL action plan. We use a range of resources but the planning is based on ‘Kapow’ French.
Did you know…?
Before the French Revolution, can you believe that the French flag was a plain white flag! White is traditionally a sign of purity and strength. On February 15, 1794, the tricolour was adopted as the official flag of France.
Why are there 3 colours making up the French flag?
White – this is the traditional colour of the Bourbon family. They ruled France from the late 16th century until the time of the French Revolution which lasted from 1789 until 1799.
Red and blue – the red and blue in the flag represent the colours of the city of Paris, which is of course the capital of France. They are known as ‘Pantone’ colours.
It is not known why the royal white – the colour of the Bourbon family – continued to appear in the flag after they were overthrown during the French Revolution.