Modern Foreign Languages
Why do we teach MFL?
At Wildground Federation, we aim to give our children the opportunity to celebrate and welcome differences in our world. It is vital that they have an understanding of different languages and countries. By introducing and exposing our children to this, they will develop a deepened ability to show respect and play a valuable part in our global society. To achieve this goal we aim, through our MFL curriculum, to inspire a love of language as part of their lifelong journey of learning. Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through regularly taught lessons. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.
How do we teach MFL?
At Wildground Federation, MFL is taught through continuous provision. It has been designed to progressively develop skills in languages from around the world, including French, Spanish and German. All children are currently taught French in weekly discreet lessons, with the intention of including other languages. The children are introduced to MFL through exploring other languages informally when studying another country. We support the children’s learning by:
- Displaying key vocabulary
- Ensuring learning takes place through practical activities, songs and games are used to help improve memory and recall.
- In the classroom where possible, instructions are given in French to expose the children to the different languages in a day-to-day context.
- Visual prompts are used to support children in translating new vocabulary.
National Curriculum Learning Objective: To read fluently
Milestone 1 (Year 1 and 2)
Milestone 2 (Year 3 and 4)
Milestone 3 (Year 5 and 6)
Milestone 1 (optional)
• Read out loud everyday words and phrases. (numbers to 10 and greetings)
• Read and understand short written phrases. (Hello, Goodbye, please thankyou)
• Read short sentences independently.
• Use a translation dictionary or glossary to look up new words.
National Curriculum Learning Objective: To write imaginatively
to enhance or change the meaning of phrases.
National Curriculum Learning Objective: To speak confidently
• Understand a range of simple spoken words.
• Answer simple questions with yes no
• Give simple responses to questions about everyday events.
• Understand some standard language (sometimes asking for words or phrases to be repeated). how do you feel? Are you happy? What is the weather like?)
Understand the main points from simple spoken passages.
• Ask others to repeat words or phrases if necessary.
• Repeat phrases showing inflection and accent where necessary.
National Curriculum Learning Objective: To understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken
•. Demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the customs and features of the countries or communities where the language is spoken.
• Make comparisons between life in countries or communities where the language is spoken and this country.
• Describe with some interesting details some aspects of countries or communities where the language is spoken
• Describe, with interesting detail, some similarities and differences between countries and communities where the language is spoken and this country.