At Langstone Junior Academy, we truly believe that every child should have the opportunity to study and progress in a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations.”
This aspiration for MFL, underpinned by the national curriculum, fits in well with the school vision: “We are a respectful, caring community where we aspire to be ‘Learners’ that challenge the World around us. We build character through seeking opportunities that teach us the skills we need to think, learn and grow throughout life” and ensuring that all children are able to do this in a global society.
With this in mind, we have developed three main aims:
- Provide opportunities for children to use prior learning to write creatively and independently. Because we have discovered that children are enthusiastic and ambitious and feel empowered when they are able to demonstrate their skills when given the freedom to question and explore.
- Immerse children in the spoken/heard word and make links to sessions which investigate phonic patterns in French. This requires accurate skills and pronunciation from staff. Because we have identified that a solid grounding in sounds and spelling links enable pupils and staff to be more empowered, independent and active learners.
- Expose our children to a variety of cultural experiences. Because we have found that broadened cultural awareness results in more rounded individuals, encouraging our pupils to see things from different perspectives, discover links with British culture and show care, respect and tolerance for diversity. In addition, our children benefit from experiential learning which appreciates and celebrates the culture of the places in which French, and occasionally other languages, is spoken.
All planning should be driven by these aims:
- To speak with increasing confidence and fluency. Children should find ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- To write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures and vocabulary that they have previously learnt.
- To question, reflect on and show appreciation and respect for diversity.