At BWA we are committed to our pupils having a broad and balanced curriculum. The National Curriculum stipulates that pupils in key stage 2 should be taught a MFL. We currently offer French lessons as our MFL. We also believe language learning is an important skill so our pupils have a weekly lesson from Reception through to Year 6.
Our teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language, depending on the age of the pupil, to lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at secondary school. Pupils are taught to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Pupils are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show an 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 follow the National Curriculum for MFL.