The aim of our MFL Curriculum is to:
- Develop a positive attitude to language learning.
- Develop an understanding of cultural differences and appreciation of intercultural communication.
- Develop Metacognition skills by learning how to learn a language so that this can be built upon in future learning.
- Understand basic terminology and make links between first and learned language, including develop their vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and phonetical awareness through speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Subject Leader - Miss C. Reid
Teaching and Learning in MFL:
At Reigate Priory, we use the Primary Languages framework to structure our learning progression and personalise this to our context. We use Lightbulb Languages Scheme of Work to ensure that all four skills areas are directly taught adding material relevant to our school. MFL teaching is taught discretely but opportunities for enhanced cross-curricular learning are embraced. We believe the best learning comes from first-hand experience and contextual learning. Therefore MFL is taught using a variety of methods including storytelling, singing, rhymes and authentic video clips of life in France and Germany using the target language.
The Attainment Targets for MFL are from The Primary Languages framework and the Focus Assessment Criteria. We use self-assessment for children to reflect upon and monitor their own progress. This enables children to identify what they know and understand and need to learn further in order to make progress. Learning Benchmarking informs teacher assessment and planning as well as end of year reports.
Contribution to SMSC and British Values:
- Communicating with others including the Eschweiler exchange.
- Experiencing awe and wonder, joy in the moment, love of the language and an appreciation of how diverse and wonderful the world is.
- Developing an appreciation of art, music, literature and inventions from a range of countries and cultures.
- Recognising the contributions made by people around the world, specifically in target-language countries.
- Fostering an understanding of the challenges people may face in learning a second language; promoting tolerance and mutual respect for others and their differences.
- Learning about democracies e.g. France and Germany.
- Sharing preferences and identifying key figureheads who have challenged societal norms.
At the end of the Key Stage a Reigate Priory MFL Learner can:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by confidently joining in and responding.
- Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others.
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, and express ideas.