Our St Swithun's Curriculum for Languages
The Subject Leader for Languages is Mrs Morgan
The core language taught at St Swithun's is French.
Our planning is supported by the Light Bulb Languages Scheme of Work which covers all the components of the Programme of Study.
Our MFL Subject Leader is Mrs Morgan.
Our aim at St Swithun’s is to engender a sense of wonder and curiosity and to help them to connect with the wider world around them.
It is the intention that all children in KS2 will access first quality teaching of French by their classteacher so that they are well prepared for KS3.
KS1 children will be introduced to a modern foreign language through exploring other languages informally when appropriate. They will be introduced to some basic greetings, functional language and some nursery songs in French from our Early Years Foundation Stage.
Learning a foreign language enables pupils to see themselves as global citizens and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should deepen their understanding of the world and equip them to play active roles in our multi-cultural society. Teachers should feel confident in enabling children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Languages should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
At St Swithun’s, it is our intent that children in Lower KS2 will acquire basic skills and understanding of French with a strong emphasis placed on developing their speaking and listening skills. These will be embedded and further developed in Upper KS2, with greater emphasis on reading and writing, gradually progressing onto more complex language concepts and greater learner autonomy.
It is intended that when children leave St Swithun’s, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages; they will be enthused and well-prepared to continue language learning in Secondary School and beyond.
In line with the National Curriculum for MFL, the children at St Swithun’s are taught to:
French lessons are taught weekly in KS2 by the class teacher. Children demonstrate their learning through speaking and listening, participation in games and songs, completing practical activities and recording individual responses in their French exercise books. Immediate feedback is given through picking up pronunciation and word choice errors and supporting the children to embed correct ways.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through a number of methods, including:
The MFL subject leader monitors the impact MFL teaching is having on the children’s learning in order to ensure that there is a good progression of knowledge and skills from Year 3 to Year 6.
At St Swithun’s we find opportunities to celebrate languages and ensure that the knowledge taught is continually revisited and check that children are able to apply the skills they have been taught.
Languages in the curriculum