Modern Foreign Language

MFL Overview 2023-24

Our curriculum is all the planned activities and learning that we as a school organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes, not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum 2014, but also a range of other activities and experiences that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of our children.
We want children to become self-motivated learners who can be positive, resilient and responsible whilst working alone or cooperating with others. In order to do this we need to help them to develop the knowledge and skills to help them succeed and reach their potential.
Our school focuses on French as our main language in the teaching of MFL. The experience of French as a language will be extended in Summer term to Year 2 through the use of everyday language, labels and simple songs, preparing them for when they transition into Year 3. From Years 3-6 French is taught for an hour a week for alternate half terms. French is taught in a whole-class setting by the class teacher. Teachers plan their lessons using the Language Angels scheme of work and can supplement this with their own ideas and experience and those of their colleagues. The lessons are designed to motivate, captivate and interest children from the first moment. They have clear, achievable objectives and incorporate different learning styles. SEN children have access to the curriculum through variation of task, grouping or support from an adult.
Two forms of assessment are available at the end of every Language Angels unit:
1. Peer and self-assessment ‘I can do…’ grids. A quick and easy way for all pupils in the class to record which units they have completed and the progress they are making.
2. More detailed skills-based assessments using bespoke skills assessment worksheets. This form of assessment enables us to determine the learning and progression of all pupils in the key language skills as well as monitoring their progress against the 12 attainment targets stipulated in the DfE languages programme of study for Key Stage 2.
At the end of the academic year of 2022-2023 over 82% of KS2 children were expected of above.
Coverage of MFL is good and children enjoy their lessons.
Teachers feel secure in teaching MFL and have a good knowledge of their MFL sequencing and content.
Teachers are happy with the documentation put in place to support their planning and help them identify misconceptions, prior knowledge and future knowledge.
Teachers are able to identify language skills that need more focus in future units, using the assessment sheets available.