MFL at Acre Heads

At Acre Heads, our vision is to create a ‘love of language’. Our chosen modern foreign language is French. Children are encouraged to develop an understanding of the world in which we live by having the opportunity to develop their French language skills as well as learn about French culture and traditions. A structured approach to learning French ensures the children can build and consolidate their language skills and use this when new topics are introduced.

The Teaching of MFL Through a Structured Process

Our ilanguages lessons revisit previous learning; allowing pupils the opportunity to apply previously taught skills and knowledge. A strong focus on pronunciation and phonics also allows pupils to improve their spoken French. Using the Talk4Writing co-operative learning methodology enhances interaction and progress.

Lessons are practical and based on speaking and listening with written work to reinforce only when needed. The curriculum provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Further information about the curriculum coverage for each year group can be found within the documents listed below:

Progression of Knowledge through the Year Groups

Impact of MFL at Acre Heads

Our pupils are confident developing their language skills. They understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic
sources. They can 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.

They can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

They discover and develop an appreciation of the culture in a different country and are able to compare and contrast with their own country.

MFL Journal Example

“I can ask someone their age in French, Quel âge as-tu? I can reply to simple questions in French too.”

Lexi, Year 3

“I can say the days of the week in French starting with lundi for Monday and dimanche for Sunday.”

Adam, Year 4

“I can make an order in French and love to do role play with my friends. Bonjour, Je voudrais des escargots et des frites s’il vous plait”

Jack, Year 6

“I can explain what the weather is like in French. My favourite type of weather is Il neige – It’s snowing!”

Beth, Year 5
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