Modern Foreign Languages
Our Modern Forgein Languages Subject Leader is:
French at Towngate Primary Academy
The intention of the French curriculum at Towngate Primary Academy is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence and creative skills. We strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries. we strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to enable children to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children skills in languages, through regular taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work, singing activities and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences. All our children in KS2 will have regular language lessons.
We have language specialists in our Academy. These focus primarily on French. We use the Wakefield language scheme ‘La Jolie Ronde’. Additionally, in year 3, children put on a French Nativity play for parents and the community. In year 5 and 6, children run regular ‘French Café’ events for other classes. Annually, we have a French day across the academy to raise engagement across the community with MFL. In cookery sessions, children cook French recipes and have a display of ingredients using French vocabulary.
The learning challenges used, to plan and teach MFL, ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives. Children are assessed according to age related expectations in line with curriculum requirements. This is done in line with the school assessment calendar. This information is recorded and monitored by the co-ordinator.