At The Park and Parkwall Primary Federation, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. Learning a modern foreign language is vital to becoming a global citizen, as it helps the learner to appreciate the language, culture, religion and people of another country; appreciating their similarities and differences.
Furthermore, it helps pupils to develop their communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extending their knowledge of how language works.
Specifically the aims and objectives of the MFL curriculum include:
- To foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils;
- To stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity in experimenting with it;
- To support oracy and literacy, and in particular develop speaking and listening skills;
- To help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences and to provide a vehicle for multi-cultural understanding.
- To lay the foundations for future language study;
- To provide an added perspective on first language teaching and learning;
- To give an extra dimension to teaching and learning across the curriculum;
French is taught in Key Stage 2 for 30 minutes every week, using an interactive multi-media whiteboard programme called Euro Stars: a complete stand-alone resource designed to meet the needs of learners in KS2 and teachers who are not modern language specialists.
We aim to foster a problem-solving approach, giving children opportunities to work out language use for themselves in a supportive context where risk-taking and creativity are encouraged, and there is an emphasis on having fun with the new language. ICT is used where appropriate to enhance teaching and learning.
Further opportunities to learn French are woven into the fabric of the day by teachers giving simple classroom instructions in French (‘come in quietly’; ‘listen’; ‘look’), to ask questions (‘who wants a school dinner?’; ‘what’s today’s date?’) and to take the register, or give permission for children to leave the room.