What MFL looks like at Shaw Ridge School
At Shaw Ridge, French is taught as part of our MFL curriculum across the whole of KS2.
What a French lesson can look like in our school:
- Opportunities to learn about life in another country, developing an awareness of cultural similarities and differences
- Speaking and listening activities to develop confidence with pronunciation and speaking and listening skills
- Enjoyable activities and songs to foster an interest in learning another language
- Grammar activities which reinforce and develop their understanding of their own language
This is our philosophy:
- Children learning through enjoyable activities
- To provide children with the confidence to try a new language and express themselves
- French language embedded throughout KS2 with instructions, class routines etc. sometimes delivered in French.
- Languages spoken by those of children across the school and within classes given the opportunity to share and learn
- Children are given the opportunity to learn the basics of a new language during International Week
This is what we do:
- A progressive curriculum with areas of vocabulary revisited and built on each year, with a clear progression in core skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- Teach language based on familiar areas – the home, school, food, meeting people, familiar songs and stories.
- Lessons may be taught discreetly or as a block of lessons. Links with other areas of the curriculum are encouraged and embraced to provide a more meaningful learning experience
This is what you might typically see:
- Enthusiastic, engaged learners
- Independent and collaborative work
- Curious children posing questions
- Engagement and perseverance
- A variety of techniques used to encourage engagement – games, role play, songs etc.
This is how we know how well our pupils are doing:
- Lessons are planned based on progressive skills which are specific for each year group
- A variety of feedback is given by teachers or peers
- Photographic and video evidence
This is the impact of teaching:
- Inquisitive learners who enjoy learning another language
- Children who are prepared to share what they’ve learnt in a variety of ways
- Children who are able to gain an insight into similarities and differences between countries
- Confident learners who are willing to communicate a foreign language orally and in writing