St Ambrose RC Primary School - MFL Curriculum Intent
“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:
- Liberate our children from insularity and provide interest in and an awareness of other cultures.
- We hope to foster our pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world through the experience provided by learning another language – French.
- Pupils should be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, whilst understanding and responding to, its speakers, both in speech and writing.
- We intend to provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking and reading literature in a foreign language.
- We hope that by learning a language, our children will be inspired to learn languages further, thereby equipping them with the means to widen their horizons.
In this subject:
Through a relevant, rich and varied MFL curriculum, St Ambrose’s children will develop their social and emotional link 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 both their own and others’ heritage. 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, we want St. Ambrose’s children to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language
- 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 Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- Broaden their vocabulary
- Write phrases from memory and create new sentences
- Become familiar with rudimentary grammar
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.
Year 5 has been describing their journeys to school. We made a human sentence.
'Quand je vais a l'ecole, je passe devant le parc'
In addition to our Language Angels programme, we look at how French-speaking countries celebrate festivals such as Easter and Christmas.
Click below to learn about "Les Cloches de Paques"
Years 4, 5 and 6 have enjoyed making greeting cards to give to their families.
We have worked closely with Barlow RC High school to deliver French Activity Days for our Key Stage 2 pupils. The children have enjoyed role plays, sampling French food and playing French games.
In addition to French, we celebrate the rich variety of languages our children speak at home: