The aim of the languages curriculum at Woodcroft Primary School, is to explore and celebrate different cultures. Children learn to deepen and extend their knowledge of cultures in the wider world, through learning French (LKS2) and Spanish (UKS2). Our intent is to expose pupils to both French and Spanish in order to prepare them for MFL in secondary school. Every year, we celebrate The European Day of Languages. Through the four main language learning areas – listening, speaking, reading and writing – children will develop skills in communication and the courage to communicate in a variety of ways. This curriculum aims to give children the aspiration to broaden their experience and encourage them to learn other languages in their future education.
We teach a curriculum that enables our pupils to become effective users of language, and show an understanding and respect for different cultures in our local, national and global communities. Through the teaching of MFL at Woodcroft Primary School, we aim to:
- Ensure every child has the opportunity, throughout KS2, to study French (Years 3 and 4) and Spanish (Years 5 and 6)
- Ensure pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities.
- Ensure pupils have exposure to simple commands including day-to-day French and Spanish, including days, months, numbers and classroom instructions.
- Ensure pupils develop and have an increased wider cultural understanding through our enriched and varied curriculum.
- Provide language informed by the National Curriculum and the skills expressed in this: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.
Teachers have access to the ‘Early Start’ scheme for Spanish, which covers all aspects of the MFL curriculum. We have developed links with a partner school in Waterlooville’s twin town Maurepas, with whom we write to and share photos and cultural information. Within lessons, activities can consist of actions, rhymes, stories, song, drama, grammar focus, video clips, drawing and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills. Teachers use French and Spanish in daily routines, for example, through answering the register and displaying the date in the classroom. Each year we celebrate the European Day of Languages by trying new foods, learning about different cultures and languages from a range of countries in Europe. We are fortunate also to have fluent speaking staff.
Our MFL curriculum is fun, engaging and enjoyed by pupils. It is well-resourced and planned to demonstrate progression. We measure the impact of our curriculum through:
- Pupil discussion about their learning;
- Children applying their cultural understanding and tolerance across society and cultures;
- Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills.