OUR LADY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Modern Foreign Language Policy
Our Lady’s School is founded on faith in Jesus Christ and the life of the school community is centred on His presence.
At Our Lady’s School, we believe that every child should be given the opportunity to study a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations. Children come into school with a wide variety of language and cultural experiences and we should enable all children to develop, to their full, their ability to understand and their confidence to use a language, both written and spoken and to foster a love of languages through a rich and varied curriculum. Studying another language also allows the children to explore their own cultural identities and those of others.
At Our Lady’s School we regard it as essential that all children enjoy their work in an atmosphere of encouragement, support and respect and that they feel a sense of achievement at all times. We aim to provide a wide range of experiences and ways to work with the French language and to experience French culture.
Our aims are to:
· develop pupils’ abilities to understand and communicate in French and develop an understanding of French culture;
· deliver an effective MFL Curriculum which ensures attainment;
· raise standards by developing, sharing and building upon good practice;
· ensure continuity and progression throughout the school;
· to help pupils gain insights into the nature of language and its social and cultural value;
· to help pupils develop strategies that they can apply to the learning of other languages;
· provide pupils with the opportunity to gain a recognised language qualification.
Pupils should be taught to:
· 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;
· 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.
Standards to be achieved
The learning objectives can be linked to levels of the Languages Ladder, the National Recognition Scheme. This allows children and teachers to assess achievements using ‘can do’ statements in the main skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing
Principles of Teaching and Learning
The teaching and learning strategy is based on the National Curriculum in England: languages programme of study - Key Stage 2. To support this, the school uses a variety of resources including Tout le Monde.
MFL is timetabled for approximately 30 minutes per week at KS2. In addition to this dedicated time, teachers should seek opportunities during the week to allow children to use their newly acquired language skills.
Children will be encouraged to work individually, in ability or mixed ability groups and as a class according to the task. Learning objectives and vocabulary should be explicitly displayed and explained and should be used to assess the learning that takes place during a lesson.
Differentiation and Additional Educational Needs (AEN)
The teachers at Our Lady’s School are committed to providing all children with equal access to the National Curriculum in French. When planning, French activities are differentiated to cater for the needs of all children whatever their ability.
At Our Lady’s School we are committed to the policy of inclusion. We plan for individual needs, differentiating to allow all to achieve, building self-esteem and fulfilling our aim to give all pupils the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible.
Breadth and Balance
Teachers should have a clear idea of the knowledge and skills to be taught in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. These four language modes are inextricably inter-related and a balance must be struck between them. Planning is based on the National Curriculum 2015. To ensure breadth and balance a variety of printed materials, software and videos are used.
Pupils will be given a variety of stimuli across the Key Stage and teaching and learning styles will mix direct instruction, group collaboration, paired work, practical activity, performance, individual research and investigation with other appropriate strategies to encourage effective learning through language.
Learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge to the children, helping to create enthusiastic learners and develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community.
Natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. Modern Foreign Languages compliment the teaching of English by actively promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Each child is given access to the body of French Language knowledge as set out in the National Curriculum. Weekly planning indicates learning objectives, differentiated learning opportunities to match pupils’ ability, ICT and where adults are deployed during sessions.
Copies of plans for each week are placed centrally in a planning file and they are monitored by the subject leader and the Senior Management Team to ensure consistency, progression, coverage of objectives and a balance of teaching strategies and pupil opportunities.
Assessment and Reporting
A key aim of the scheme of work is to encourage children to understand their learning and progress. The learning objectives and Languages Ladder provide the basis for informal teacher assessment.
Each child’s achievement in French is recorded and these records are passed on to consecutive teachers.
Two open evenings are held, one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term to report children’s progress and achievements to parents and carers, and an annual written report is sent home in the Summer Term.
Parents and carers are welcome to discuss their children’s progress at any time by appointment with the class teacher.
Regardless of their ethnic group, gender or ability, all children at Our Lady’s School have equal access to the French curriculum. Positive images in terms of such groups are promoted throughout the school, both in the use of language and in the provision of resources.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
We seek to enhance social, moral, spiritual and cultural development throughout the French curriculum. All children will be encouraged to value their own and other pupils work, to give and accept praise when it is deserved and to understand that everyone has something to offer and that we can all learn from each other.
Subject Leader’s Role
The Subject Leader will:
· with the Head Teacher regularly monitor and evaluate planning, standards of attainment, teaching and learning throughout the school;
· support and guide staff by encouraging the sharing of ideas; preparing, organising and leading INSET/staff meetings;
· co-ordinate assessment procedures and record keeping so as to facilitate progression and development throughout the school and be involved in analysing test results;
· ensure teachers are familiar with Languages Framework and assist planning where necessary;
· encourage and support staff in the implementation of French and ensure consistency of approach across year groups and progression across the school by classroom observations;
· to be enthusiastic and demonstrate good practice, lead by example in the way they teach in their own classroom;
· take responsibility for the purchase and organisation of resources for French;
· keep up to date with developments in French and disseminate information to colleagues as appropriate.
The teaching of a language became statutory in September 2014. French is taught by a specific member of staff across all of KS2. Class teachers are present during French lessons to assist with the development of French within their year group. Support Staff work with individual children or groups with special needs under the direction of the Teacher.
Head Teacher’s Role
The Head Teacher is responsible for the overview of French in the whole school and is responsible for keeping the Governing Body informed about the teaching and learning of French, the standards achieved and the budgetary needs of the subject.
Each classroom has its own French resources and access to a variety of shared resources and software.
Information and Communication Technology
In all classes interactive smart boards are used as well as computers and access to tape recorders that can be used for many language activities. Some classes use Educational Schools Television and radio programmes to develop and enhance the children’s understanding of the subject.
Health and Safety
Guidelines in the Health and Safety Policy will apply with regard to the use of ICT all school based activities and out of school activities relating to French.
At Our Lady’s School we consider the partnership between home and school an extremely important one.