Curriculum Implementation and Intent
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. At Westwood our high-quality modern foreign language curriculum fosters our children's curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.
We enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
At Westwood Primary School we introduce children to French at Key Stage 1. Lessons cover simple vocabulary through games and songs and whole school language events.
In Key Stage 2 we teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression using the Jolie Ronde program of study along with other resources. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Areas covered include: numbers, colours, animals, house and home, in town, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.
It is intended that when children leave Westwood Primary, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at High School.
- 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 clear
- 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.
Assessment criteria has been developed, in line with national curriculum aims, to enable teachers to assess the progress of children in their language learning as they move through the Key Stages, ensuring that children are supported and challenged as appropriate. This data is analysed on a termly basis, and an action plan drawn up to address any identified gaps.
Children are provided with a variety of activities throughout the school year, such as French food and cultural days to which parents are invited. These events encourage and promote their engagement in the subject as well as provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary, to continue their studies successfully at High School.
Pupil Voice is also used to further develop the MFL curriculum, through questioning of pupils' views and attitudes to learning a language.
Our school website provides children and parents with links to games, literature, songs and videos aimed at supporting and encouraging foreign language learning.