In DHPS, we teach MFL using the Language Angels programme that allows pupils to learn sequentially and builds upon prior knowledge. All teachers will use the resources of the Language Angels programme, which has planned topics that the teachers will follow sequentially to build on vocabulary, confidence and skill. Teachers will use the pre-made PowerPoints, videos, songs and interactive resources available to plan and deliver quality French lessons. Teachers will use the available pre-made worksheets and/or adapt and create their own ensuring that the objective of the lesson is met.
We are also aware that pupils bring to school different experiences, interests and strengths that will influence the way in which they learn, and we take this into consideration when planning approaches to teaching and learning which will allow all pupils to participate fully and effectively. At our school, we teach French to all children in years 3-6, whatever their ability. We recognise that all classes have children of widely differing abilities.
Suitable opportunities are provided for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability and experience of the pupil. We plan for individual needs, using scaffolding to allow all to achieve, building self-esteem and fulfilling our aim to give all pupils the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible.
The aims and objectives of learning a Modern Foreign Language in primary school are to:
- foster an interest in learning other languages
- introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
- stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language
- encourage children to be aware that language has structure and that the structure differs from one language to another
- help the children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
- develop their speaking and listening skills
- lay the foundations for future study
- extend language teaching beyond mother tongue learning