Curriculum Statement - Modern Foreign Languages
At Edgebury, we aim to widen our Pupils views and understanding of the World through the teaching of Languages. We believe that learning a foreign language is a fundamental skill which allows children to access a multi-cultural society and introduces children to the global world. Therefore, it’s our intent to teach languages so that children gain confidence, knowledge and transferrable skills in languages to help and inspire them to progress with languages in their further education.
Our language lessons in year groups 2 to 6 benefit from having a specialist fluent French speaker from Junior Jam Education to deliver weekly engaging lessons, introduce new vocabulary and to work as a good model of pronunciation.
They use a variety of the following techniques to encourage children to have an active engagement with learning languages.
• Games, in order to develop vocabulary through reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. (This is used more in KS1 and EYFS to solidify knowledge).
• Role play – asking questions to each other in the taught language relating to a situation the children may find themselves in future.
• Puppets, in order to develop communication skills.
• Counters and dice, in order to help with counting and learning numbers.
• Flashcards, in order to practice the different topics using memory.
• Reading and writing materials. The children will have workbooks to use for writing tasks and also use topic related worksheets.
• Websites such as YouTube that play interactive songs to develop vocabulary.
• Praise, in order to build children's confidence for any contribution they make while learning languages.
We make our lessons as entertaining and engaging as possible to ensure they are enjoyable for children learning a new language. We recognise that this approach will ensure a positive attitude in children learning languages.
• Children will have been provided with opportunities to communicate with each other in the taught language.
• Children will have developed their language through speaking, listening, reading and writing.
• Children will have used workbooks at the school and this will be evidence for their class teachers.
• Children will have improved their language learning by developing an understanding of culture.
• Children's progress will be tracked through an assessment which happens at the end of each half term. This can be for higher and lower abilities. This is shared with the subject lead and subsequently with class teachers. In addition, the subject lead monitors progress and learning in French through book looks, checking planning and assessment.