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Modern Foreign Languages- French at Ainderby 

What do our children say about learning French?  

“I love learning different languages.” 

 “If we wanted to go to France, we would know how to speak their language.” 

“I liked it when we learned about the weather in French.” 

French Intent          

At Ainderby Steeple CE School, our intent for Modern Foreign Languages (French) is to teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum. We want our children to be happy using language skills practically, building their resilience and confidence in speaking and listening so that they can apply these skills across other curriculum areas.

We understand that in our global environment, where distance is increasingly reduced by technological advances, our children need to know how to communicate effectively, creatively and confidently. To this end, we aim to challenge pupils and encourage them to take ownership of their learning, making them responsible and independent learners.

At Ainderby, we intend to deliver lessons which are fun, engaging and practical, allowing all of our children to develop an enjoyment of languages and to make the connection with how language skills can support them to make progress across the curriculum. We believe that by learning to communicate in an additional language, our children will develop confidence speaking and listening and grow in their understanding of how language is constructed, in both verbal and written forms.

French Implementation 

The progression of the MFL curriculum in years 3-6 is in line with age related expectations based on the National Curriculum 2014 and supported by the NYCC Scheme of Work - which includes planning and curriculum resources. 

As a school, we have chosen the NYCC Scheme of Work from Year 3 to Year 6. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work provides flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and gives excellent supporting material for less confident teachers.

Marking and feedback, given verbally and in writing, are designed to support children to know what they need to do to improve. Since Spring 2021, pupil attainment is tracked on target Tracker.

MFL Curriculum Objectives (KS2)

Pupils should be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

French Impact

The impact of our MFL (French) curriculum is that our children are growing in their confidence to communicate in an additional language, and developing their speaking and listening skills.

We are seeing a growing resilience amongst our children as they ‘have a go,’ knowing they are in an environment where it is ok to make mistakes.  In addition, by encouraging children to communicate through the use of an additional language, we see them develop their ability to accept, respect and celebrate, cultural differences as compassionate and responsible members of society.

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