Modern Foreign Languages
Intent – What are we trying to achieve with our curriculum?
The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils. Language skills are vital in improving understanding between people here and in the wider world, and in supporting global citizenship by breaking down barriers of ignorance and suspicion between nations. Learning other languages gives us insight into the people, culture and traditions of other countries, and helps us to understand our own language and culture. At Twydall we want the children to be curious about a different language and to develop a love of learning a new language.
Implementation – How is our curriculum delivered?
French is taught in KS2 using Language Angels, a program which has been developed by a native speaking French couple to engage and enthuse learners using interactive resources. Children listen to a range of vocabulary on a wide range of topics and build their knowledge to a point where they can put this vocabulary into increasingly more complex sentences and also record this in their writing. Language Angels help the children to tune in their ears to a range of new sounds and helps them to develop accuracy when speaking French. We develop understanding of key grammatical structures, which also helps develop understanding of their first language. Many classes embed singing opportunities into language learning to ensure that language is re-enforced regularly.
Impact – How do we know?
Children’s knowledge and skills will develop progressively as they move through the school, not only to enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but to prepare them to become competent in learning a language in secondary education and for their lives in the wider world. Children will have a fun, high quality curriculum that will engage their interest in learning different languages. Children will have an awareness of different cultures and of others. Our MFL curriculum ensures that children develop their knowledge of where French is spoken in the world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about MFL, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
- Duolingo-learn languages for free on the web or the app.
- British Council-English language learning for adults and children.