Modern Foreign Languages

Intent - What do we aspire for our children?

Our Curriculum Intent for Modern Foreign Languages

At Cuddington Primary School, learning a language provides a cultural experience for our children, which allows them to deepen their understanding of the world. We develop and extend children’s knowledge of how languages work, providing them with tools that enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond, both in speech and in writing.

Across the school, we primarily teach French however we also encourage wider opportunities for other language learning. The curriculum provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language, using a variety of authentic sources. This enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

The linguistic skills learnt lay foundations for further language learning, enabling the children to explore and utilise the structure of language independently. Children leave Cuddington as confident and able linguists who are equipped to broaden their understanding of the world.


Implementation - How will we deliver the Modern Foreign Languages curriculum?

The Cuddington Languages curriculum has been designed to progressively develop a language over time and prepare children for future language learning. Lesson plans ensure children acquire a bank of knowledge, vocabulary and skills as they build on previous units already studied. In each year group, there is room for retrieval through routines at the start or end of the lesson; this guarantees that the children continue to revisit previous learning in an engaging way. To support the teaching and learning of languages in our school, we use the Primary Languages SoW. Knowledge Organisers show the progress children make over time and display knowledge of vocabulary, phonics, grammar and link learning to the primary school calendar. These indicate the types of activities and development of language learning skills across each Key Stage. Details of the Overview of French Learning and Knowledge Organisers covered in each year group can be found in the documents below.

Children develop a love for language learning and knowledge from early years. The learning of French, in Early Years and Key Stage 1, is not a formal lesson but children are introduced to Modern Foreign Languages through the use of classroom routines and are given opportunities to hear and speak French through stories, games and songs regularly. Teachers use the KS1 Language Explorers, where a variety of topics and activities are available to use with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. This will give them a good base of knowledge to build upon in Key Stage 2.

All children in Key Stage 2 are taught Modern Foreign Languages in a weekly lesson. The teaching and learning is based on the 2014 MFL National Curriculum through Click to Teach lessons from the Primary Languages Network scheme of work. Lesson plans ensure progression in language learning across the four core skills (reading, speaking, listening and writing) and also the DfE 12 Attainment Targets. Each unit of learning incorporates vocabulary, grammar and phonics knowledge and skills.

Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. They learn to speak with increasing fluency, spontaneity and find ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions. As confidence and skill grow, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.


Promoting linguistic and cultural diversity

Children are encouraged lifelong language learning which promotes respect for not only each other but also inside the school and within the wider communities and society. French lessons not only progress children’s linguistic skills but also their confidence and self-esteem. Children work collaboratively and celebrate each other’s achievements by becoming aware of the challenge communication presents. Language learning teaches the value of the importance of our own cultural identity, practices and values as well as those from people in other countries. Children learn to be tolerant of others and have a greater acceptance of the world we live in and its cultural diversity.


Language Day

Learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own culture and those of others. On our Language day, the whole school promotes and celebrates languages from around the world as well as discovering new countries and their cultures. Cross-curricular links are made with language learning through the exploration of artists and dances from around the world.


Impact - How do we know our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum is effective?

Pupil Voice

To assess the abilities and progress children have made, their views and opinions are highly valued in the further development of the Modern Foreign Languages curriculum. Children are able linguists when they can confidently explain their learning, speak with enthusiasm and demonstrate key skills. Suggestions enable teachers to adapt their lessons in line with the needs of the children.


High-Quality Outcomes

All children in KS2 record learning in French folders or books. These act as a device for practising key skills and show understanding of the curriculum. Curriculum Book showcase high-quality pieces of work and celebrate the diligence and time that has been taken to deepen their knowledge and refine their work.


For further information about the Languages curriculum, please contact Miss Michiels (michiels@cuddington.cheshire.sch.uk)

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