MFL (Modern Foreign Language)

French and Spanish   

At Barkisland, we ensure that all children in Key stage 2, from year 3 to year 6, have access to two Modern Foreign Languages, French and Spanish for at least 40 minutes a week.

Due to the well-travelled nature of our children at Barkisland School we chose to start teaching both French and Spanish two years ago and they are now settled into enjoying language learning appropriate to their age.

Years 3 and 5 learn Spanish whilst years 4 and 6 learn French and, as they move through the school, we endeavour to ensure that their skills are progressive and developmental. Effective links are made where appropriate to support previous or future learning and pupils will have opportunities to consolidate and refine their skills throughout the curriculum. 

 

Curriculum

We teach our two languages through an online learning platform called Primary Languages Network. This is a relatively new scheme of work and provides an online 'teacher' who delivers the weekly objectives by video followed by a wide range of games, activities and songs. The objectives follow National Curriculum guidelines and are updated regularly to keep it fresh and fun. 

National Curriculum

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.

Aims: 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.

Subject content Key stage 2: Foreign language Teaching may be of any modern 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. 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.

 

 

Barkisland CE VA Primary School

Barkisland CE VA Primary School

We Believe, We nurture, We Succeed!

Scammonden Road, Barkisland, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX4 0BD

Debbie, Jill or Rebecca will be able to help you with your enquiry

01422 823324 admin@barkisland.calderdale.sch.uk

We Believe, We nurture, We Succeed!

Scammonden Road, Barkisland, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX4 0BD

Debbie, Jill or Rebecca will be able to help you with your enquiry

01422 823324 admin@barkisland.calderdale.sch.uk

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