Modern Foreign Language (French)
Since May 2022 school has become involved with the Linguamarque accreditation scheme. Linguamarque supports the development of Primary Languages in school within the curriculum, in line with Government recommendations and programmes of study. It provides a methodology to benchmark and define achievement and we are currently working towards the Linguamarque Bronze Award.
At Moor Hall we aim to raise standards and achievements in French for all children through quality first teaching and a SEN friendly environment. Cultural diversity is valued and all members, both adults and children, are treated with respect. The Moor Hall Child pupils’ standards and drivers are at the forefront of all we do. In a safe, healthy and stimulating environment child are expected to achieve their full potential in order that they become confident language learners and are given opportunities to behave responsibly when applying their language skills in a variety of practical and exciting contexts.
To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun.
To develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of and make the children aware that language has a structure and this structure differs from one language to another.
To develop pupils’ communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.
To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in France and other countries.
To underpin the curriculum with the Moor Hall Child values: achieving, confident, healthy, responsible.
We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to have an active engagement in French and take a responsible approach to their language learning: these include games, role-play and songs. We frequently use mime to accompany vocabulary, as this serves to reinforce the retention of vocabulary. All lessons use a multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching, which caters for different learning styles and abilities. Lessons are intended to be as enjoyable and entertaining as possible, as we realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude to the learning of another language. We build children’s confidence through constant praise for any contribution they make in French. French lessons are taught as much as possible in the target language.
We base teaching in KS2 on the guidance material in the QCA scheme of work for Modern Foreign Languages and supplementary material, collected as a result of in-service training and development work. The schemes of work are supported by Babelzone LCF software and Lightbulb Languages MFL site. This has not only provided a clearer structure and more accurate means of assessment but allows for the non-specialist French teacher to use it should the need ever arise. Emphasis is placed on the adaptation of plans to the context of our school and abilities of the children. Main sources of other supplementary material include material from Developing French schemes of work, the Lightbulb Languages MFL site, Babelzone software and resources in conjunction with authentic material provided by the MFL specialist.
The KS1 French curriculum uses resources from Babelzone, Tous Les Jours (Out of the Ark) and Lightbulb Languages MFL site. There will be an emphasis on French songs, games and other kinaesthetic activities to engage the children and provide them with a solid base of vocabulary on which to build in KS2. There will also be a focus on intercultural understanding where French customs and traditions will be celebrated.
As children move through the school, there is progression and continuity for the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar. This is an essential element for language learners and provides the children with a consistent framework to develop their competency in French. There is a thematic approach to the French units taught and regular focus on a healthy lifestyle which is in accordance with the vision for Moor Hall School. Healthy foods, recreational activities, opinions and sport are focused on in every year to enforce our school drivers.
We aim to foster a love of language learning and competency in the four aspects of language acquisition
(oral, aural, writing and reading). Emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, knowledge about language and strategies for language acquisition ensures a solid foundation by the end of Year 6 when the children progress to secondary school.