Modern Foreign Languages at Eaton Park
Subject leader: Miss Robbins
Subject coach: Mrs Bell
Link governor: Mrs Gething
At Eaton Park, we strive to ensure that pupils in KS2 are provided with high quality, and engaging, teaching of a modern foreign language (MFL). We have chosen to teach French to support the transition to our feeder high schools, and also due to it being a widely spoken language across the world. Our lessons aim to teach children the skills and knowledge to communicate confidently in French. We follow the CGP program of work called Salut- which helps us to map out our topics. It also provides us with interactive games, videos and songs. The children are given various opportunities to link their learning to culture and the wider world.
The Subject Leader:
I am Miss Robbins and lead of MFL at Eaton Park. As MFL lead, my role is to support the teaching and learning of French across our school by supporting teachers, encouraging a love of languages and monitoring progress and attainment. I believe that learning a modern foreign language is a fantastic skill to have- it is something that I am extremely passionate about and this love for languages definitely transpires into my practise as a teacher and subject leader. Learning about cultures is essential for children to develop their skills of empathy, understanding of the world.
To support learning, I have created vocabulary mats for each year band to assist with their French sessions and also to map out expectations clearly. In order to understand how my subject is taught, I monitor the teaching of French through learning walks, books scans and pupil interviews, and to monitor the progress we use O Track to assess the objectives to gain an understanding of whether children are emerging, expected or exceeding. I also carry out subject reports and feed these to my subject coach, Mrs Bell and link governor, Mrs Gething.
Key Stage Two
– 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.
Early Years Foundation Stage:
The learning of a modern foreign language is linked to Early Years practice through the delivery of understanding the world around us. Children learn about the wider world, creating passports for the different countries they visit (through the use of the 4D room) and then learn various words for hello in multiple languages.
Assessment for learning:
Most assessment for learning that takes place for the learning of a modern foreign language is highly practical- we listen to our children when they engage in conversations and during role play activities. On the completion of written work, teachers provide children with feedback through marking and discussions. At the end of each term, formal summative assessments are undertaken via O Track where teachers track whether children are emerging, securing and exceeding.
MFL within other curriculum subjects:
One of the fundamental concepts of learning a modern foreign language is linking the knowledge and understanding of the cultural aspects closely to the language itself. It is essential for our children to understand where in the world French is taught and some of the cultural similarities and differences between those countries and ours.
Social- Allows pupils to deepen their understanding of the world around them.
Moral- Allows pupils to empathise with people who have English as an additional language and also to gain an insight into other cultures compared to ours.
Spiritual- Encouraging group work.
Cultural- Enables pupils to compare countries and cultures thinking about similarities and differences.
The learning of a modern foreign language links closely to developing and enhancing speaking and listening within English. It helps to encourage presentation and conversational skills through role play and games. It also further supports the understanding of linguistic features such as: rhythm, rhyme and sentence building (question and response).
We aim to learn a modern foreign language through predominantly games, chanting, songs and role play. This links to maths through the use of counting, ordering, dates and time tables which supports their learning and knowledge of mathematical language and concepts.
It is also important for the children to develop their social skills which is evident through the learning of a modern foreign language whereby the children partake in role play, conversations with their peers and making links with pen pals in French speaking countries.
Interactive games, videos and songs are used to support the teaching of French alongside the use of laptops to be able to email and skype pen pals.
MFL allows children to discover where in the word French is taught and why it is important to learn this language worldwide- linking to job prospects. Children further develop their Geography skills by using atlases and globes to locate French cities, towns French speaking countries, and weather patterns.
Each year we host a cultural week at Eaton Park whereby the children engage with and participate in various activities linked to different world cultures and languages. Last year, we hosted African drummers, Indian food tasting, American street dancing, Thai Chi boxing, specialist Italian teacher sessions, virtual tours of countries, British Sign Language specialists who all came in to aid our learning. We also link to our feeder high school, The Discovery Academy for MFL for workshops to further develop language skills and to encourage engagement. These celebration days of modern foreign languages enabled us to achieve the Foundation Certificate of the International School Award, and we are currently working towards the Intermediate certificate. The use of the 4D room really evokes passion and engagement when using it for the teaching of MFL. Teachers are able to show the children different countries, cultures and landmarks, and it is a fabulous tool for learning.
Y5- ‘I enjoy learning French at school because we need to be able to communicate with people who speak other languages.’
‘Hi is salut, goodbye is au revoir’
‘I love the worksheets because they are fun especially unscrambling French words!’
Y3- ‘I like learning French words. We have learned that the colour blue in French is bleu- the e and u are swapped around.’
‘When we go on holiday, our French lessons might come in handy so we can make new friends.’
Y6- ‘I enjoy the games and practising the words and phrases we learn with our friends in class.’
‘It is important to learn French because it is something that is taught in high school.’
‘I hate is j’ai detest’
‘I love is j’adore’
I love music is ‘j’adore la musique’