Based on current DfES guidelines, the teaching of MFL at St. Peter’s is based on a balance of spoken/written language at KS2. Our MFL of choice is French although we consider it important to include and make links to other modern foreign languages – especially those spoken by children at our school. The emphasis is on practical communication and intercultural understanding: the teaching of French begins in Year 3 through use of songs, rhymes, games and simple stories and it progresses thematically through years 4 – 6 with an increasing shift in focus to include more grammar and writing. In years 5 and 6 the Tout-le Monde scheme of work is used.
French is led by a subject specialist (Mrs Wilson) and is also taught by class teachers. Lessons are timetabled weekly: discrete lessons typically last for 45 minutes – 1 hour and are supplemented by consolidation at other times e.g. greetings at register etc.
There is currently no statutory requirement for assessment in MFL although we carry out formative assessments which are recorded by the children 3 times per year. All KS2 pupils should be “secondary ready” in MFL by the end of year 6.
We maintain strong links with the MFL team at Christchurch and we participate in their annual “Celebration of Languages Day”. We also organise our own MFL afternoon when we create opportunities for children to interact with other classes to celebrate their success in MFL.
An overview of how MFL is taught thematically at St.Peter’s
|Year Group||Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4||Term 5||Term 6|
Meeting/GreetingIntro to France
|The body||Games||“Growing things”||Weather|
consolidation Year 3 unitsFrance: famous sites
Likes and dislikesWeather
Where I livePlaces
|Je vais a l’école|
consolidation Year 3- 4 unitsFrance: famous produce
|Animals, days of the week, numbers||Months, festivals, important times of year||Family members, pastimes||Rooms in a house, furniture||Transport, countries.|
|6||Places in a town, compass points, directions, starting the alphabet||Musical instruments and genres, giving opinions, completing the alphabet||Adjectives to describe people and clothes||Paintings, describing things, telling the time, dates.||Food and cooking, likes and dislikes.||Exploration of a new language|