At Griffin Park, the intention of our MFL curriculum is to develop an interest in and thirst for learning other languages. We aim to introduce the learning of the French language and the understanding of its culture in enjoyable and stimulating ways. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We aim to build the children’s ‘culture capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. In short, we hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.
Our MFL curriculum has been designed to progressively develop skills in French. We have devised our own topics to be taught in each Key Stage 2 class, some of which will be revisited in older classes in order to consolidate and build on previous learning. This ensures that children acquire a bank of vocabulary organised around topics. They ensure development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied. All children in Key Stage 2 are taught French in a weekly discreet lesson. This is delivered by an HLTA or another qualified teacher during PPA time. In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children are introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally eg, when registering, counting or when studying another country. We also focus on French outside the classroom eg, songs will be learnt in French during whole school assemblies to make language learning more meaningful and give it a purpose.