Intent of MFL curriculum
At Roebuck Academy, we teach a foreign language to all children in Key Stage 2 as part of the school curriculum. The current focus language is French.
Children at Roebuck Academy really enjoy learning to speak in another language. We believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language is acquired as children tend to be less self-conscious about speaking aloud at this stage of their development. The learning of another language also has a direct positive impact on literacy skills in English. The study of languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.
All classes in KS2 are taught French both formally and informally by teaching staff for 30 minutes per week. Teachers use the Interactive programme Rigolo to support planning and inspire children by bringing the subject to life. Rigolo provides a virtual teacher who is able to demonstrate new language and children follow the adventures of three characters on their journey around France. Children are motivated by the fun stories, songs and interactive games. Learning intentions and success criteria are shared with the children.
Lessons may include games, songs, oral work, role-play and active participation as well as listening and talking. Reading and written tasks are included with increasing frequency as the children advance throughout the school. Teachers are encouraged to use French informally, during the day when appropriate (greetings, register, instructions, praise etc.). As a school we have introduced a ‘phrase of the week’ to improve the use if incidental language throughout the day. The phrase is shared with the children at the beginning of the week and is used regularly during the school day by both teachers and pupils.
Teachers monitor children’s progress and adjust their teaching accordingly. Assessment of the children’s work is on-going to ensure that understanding is being achieved and that progress is being made. Practical lessons provide hands-on learning to support concrete understanding. Assessment is largely based through questioning and verbal discussion, as well as recorded work. The school’s Marking Policy guides feedback and marking of work.
All staff complete end of unit assessments on the children and assess the children based on the objectives in the Rigolo scheme of work.
Children enjoy MFL lessons and would like to have additional lessons in addition to weekly sessions. They say that when taught, it is an exciting, engaging subject that inspires them; with many saying they want to travel abroad and speak the language of that country. Furthermore, children demonstrated a good recall of the language they had learnt.