Modern Foreign Languages
MFL teaching in Brightlingsea Primary School, reflects our guiding principles of fostering active and engaged learners, our focus on speaking and listening as a key skill for life and PSHCE, which is at the core of our teaching and learning. Speaking and listening is a key principle of our curriculum and it is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, our children have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written Spanish, confidence to speak in Spanish with others and recognise how important other languages can be in their future.
We recognise learning a foreign language is a way to explore our pupils’ understanding of the world. This is essential for our children as they are not overly exposed to significantly diverse communities or cultures and learning another language will inspire a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to further understand their own cultures and those of others. MFL offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about the cultural beliefs, celebrations and diversity of other countries. In addition, children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed to lay the foundations for future successful language learning.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to foster an interest in learning another language, introducing young learners to a rich language environment in a way that is enjoyable and fun. It offers a variety of different learning style techniques making it accessible to all our children. It should also help learners to understand and explore cultural differences both here and in other countries and allow our pupils to develop their curiosity, equipping them for a future in a globally connected workplace.
It Key Stage Two, the scheme of work for MFL has a focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as making children aware of grammatical features of the Spanish language. Children learn to engage with stories and songs written and spoken in Spanish. They read and explore a range of text in Spanish and learn to converse in Spanish in both verbal and written contexts. Across the school in other subjects, as well as MFL, children are introduced to a wide range of diverse famous figures from a variety of countries.
The scheme of work for MFL for Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One is intended to complement the scheme of work for MFL at Key Stage Two in a less formal way, concentrating mainly on speaking and listening in lots of different languages. The aim is to begin to introduce our pupils to a language rich environment and to lay the foundation for successful language learning as they progress through.
Assessment of children's learning in MFL is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons in KS2. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children. There is no formal monitoring in EYFS or KS1, except to ensure that our children have many opportunities to enrich their learning with exposure to MFL and culture.
Summative assessment: expectations of assessment and data collection need to be agreed upon with SLT and follow the assessment framework of the scheme we currently subscribe to.
MFL is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of book/ folder monitoring, looking at outcomes and pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching and learning taking place.