St Ambrose RC Primary School - MFL Curriculum
“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them the power to express themselves.” (Acts 2:4-6)
At St Ambrose, we reflect the National Curriculum aims to:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
In this subject:
Through a relevant, rich and varied French curriculum, our children will develop their social and emotional links to the immediate community and acquire the necessary linguistic skills to keep up with the changing world. At St. Ambrose, we intend to create space and opportunity for cultural appreciation of the diversity in our society and their own and others’ heritage liberating our children from insularity and providing interest in and awareness of other cultures. Our intention is to enable each child to develop their interest in learning other languages and to foster children’s curiosity to deepen their understanding of the world.
Following the programme of study for the National Curriculum and using Language Angels scheme of work, we want St. Ambrose’s children to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language broadening their vocabulary
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes, linking the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- Speak in sentences, using familiar and new vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures and read carefully showing understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- Write phrases from memory and create new sentences becoming familiar with rudimentary grammar.We measure the impact of the French curriculum over time by assessing how much knowledge, skills and vocabulary have been acquired and retained. To inform these judgements, teachers use regular retrieval practices, knowledge organisers, pre and post-assessment tasks, marking and pupil discussion opportunities.
In God's family, we grow and learn in love, hope and faith.
Learning French at St Ambrose
Our aim is that by the end of Year 6, pupils should be able 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* and in writing
- 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.
We use Language Angels to teach the MFL curriculum.
You can find information on this at:
Use the BBC Bitesize link and Language Angels link below to access games, activities and resources to support your child's learning.
BBC French Games and Activities
In addition to French, we celebrate the rich variety of languages our children speak at home: