Our Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum
At Waltham CE Primary School, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We aim to build the children’s ‘cultural capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. In short, we hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.
Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. Lesson themes ensure that children acquire a bank of vocabulary organized around topics. Development is progressive as children build on previous knowledge from units already studied. All our children are taught French in a weekly discreet lesson, in half-termly blocks, delivered by experienced, qualified specialists.
Teachers assess French throughout lessons using ‘assessment through learning’. This helps teachers plan for future lessons. Impact is also measured through demonstrations of children’s knowledge and understanding and their ability to refer to, and identify links with, prior learning and the awareness and respect they demonstrate for other cultures; celebrating difference in a diverse society.