MFL at St Joseph’s
At St Joseph’s we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop their ability to communicate, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enrich the overall teaching and learning experience.
Monitoring: Every term we assess how well the KS2 children have performed in their language skills (emerging, expected & greater depth) this show us how well the children are performing. The MFL Leader then collates this information and uses that, as well as information from monitoring teachers’ plans, lessons and children’s work to ensure our provision and pupil outcomes are the very best they can be. Any next steps to move the subject and the children’s learning forward are fed into the MFL Leader’s action plan, which is part of the whole school development plan.
Languages is compulsory in KS2. The language we have chosen to study is French. Although languages is only compulsory in KS2, we aim to ensure that KS1 children have had a little experience of learning French before they move up to KS2. We do this through French clubs, celebrating languages day, and celebrating Bastille Day as a whole school.
Miss Priddle teaches languages in Class 3 and Class 4. We follow the national curriculum, ensuring that we cover all aspects. Throughout year 3/4 children are introduced to 6 topics on a 2 year cycle. In year 5/6 children are introduced to a further 6 topics over a 2 year cycle. In year 5/6 children are expected to read, speak, write and listen at a higher level.
At St Joseph's we aim to make language learning fun and engaging. We learn actively through lots of singing, games and rhymes. Children also have the opportunity to deepen their learning in extra-curricular clubs etc.
European Languages Day
Even though we have chosen to teach French at St Joseph's, we also celebrate European Languages day on 26th September each year. The class teachers choose a different European Language and introduce the children to the culture and language throughout the day.
Here are some examples of what we have done;
-Class 1 learned to count to 10 in French and sampled lots of different French food and cuisine.
-Class 2 learned head, shoulders, knees and toes in Italian and made their own scrumptious pizzas.
-Class 3 learned some German and sampled German food and cuisine.
Each year, around the 14th July, we celebrate Bastille Day. On Bastille Day the whole school learn about French culture, learn some French and sample some French food. Last year, during their French sessions Class 3 prepared some games and activities linked to their learning which they then taught to Class 4. All of the children had lots of fun.