…Our richly unique and diverse children are nurtured with kindness and compassion, learning to value themselves and others…
MFL Lead:Miss Brown
At Archbishop Courtenay, we believe that learning another language is a crucial part of the children’s education; it allows children to build self-confidence as well as developing their communication skills. In our modern society, children now have the ability to communicate with others from around the world; we want to equip the children with the skills and confidence to be able to do this. We explain to the children the benefits and purpose of learning a language too, being able to communicate with others whilst on holiday abroad and better understanding cultures. Our vision is for MFL to inspire children, encouraging them to be inquisitive about the world.
The Department for Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools as of November 2014 “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.” Modern Foreign Languages links closely to the British Values of Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs which states: Students should be taught to show empathy and understanding of people from different backgrounds. Give pupils regular opportunities to learn about different cultures and beliefs to reinforce messages of tolerance and respect. This will allow them to understand and respect different values different from their own. Through teaching MFL, children have access to cultural learning and can broaden their awareness and respect for international studies.
Modern Foreign Languages are taught across Key Stage 2 by teaching staff each Monday, which is supplemented by short classroom activities with the class teacher such as taking the register in French. Our Modern Foreign language curriculum uses an interactive, web-based resource to inspire the children further and also bring MFL teaching into the 21st century. We ensure pupils enjoy their work by including lots of games, songs and oral work. The needs of minority groups are being met by encouraging every child to take part in lessons, and giving alternative ways for children who lack confidence to respond, such as physical actions, talking to a partner, or drawing pictures.
Teachers monitor children’s progress and adjust their teaching accordingly. Assessment of the children’s work is on-going to ensure that understanding is being achieved and that progress is being made. Practical lessons provide hands on, kinaesthetic learning ensuring concrete understanding. Assessment is largely based through questioning and verbal discussion, as well as recorded work.
Based on previous staff and pupil questionnaires, it is evident that MFL at Archbishop Courtenay is under development. Some pupils have missed lessons recently due to the impact of coronavirus on schooling, amongst other reasons. However, for this new academic year and going forwards, the teaching of language learning can resume as intended. We want children to develop their confidence in MFL and to rebuild their passion for this cultural, international learning. Due to this, we have raised the profile of MFL and have included it in our Marvellous Monday’s timetable.
We are aware that as a school, we have many nationalities and we would like to embrace that alongside our development of language learning (our school community currently speak 34 languages!). Once a week, children will be asked to voluntarily spotlight quick teach their class basic phrases (e.g., greetings, numbers, etc.) in their home language. This will also be an example of how our school values of respect, compassion and friendship are being practised and promoted at all times in school.
Targets for 2021-22
The diverse culture of Archbishop Courtenay is celebrated and shared amongst all those in the school community.
Children respect and are aware of similarities and differences between cultures and languages.
All children enjoy, show enthusiasm for and develop a love of learning a new language and learning about different cultures.
Children leave Archbishop Courtenay being able to understand spoken and written French, and are confident to communicate in French to prepare them for their next step in Education.
Through memorable experiences, children will learn the importance of learning another language.
Research has shown that children who learn a language at a young age (like most Scandinavian and other European countries) are more likely to learn other languages as well as travel to other countries. We want to inspire the children to do this. MFL allows children to be aware of the world around them and develop respect for all cultures.
MFL at home
Children can access Language Nut at home with their individual login which will be sent home by the class teacher. Here, they will find a variety of interactive lesson resources, games and skill building activities to help them practise and develop their learning of languages. They will also be able to see any assignments set by the class teacher.
As well as this, here are a few useful YouTube videos that have been used in lessons in school. You/your child could bookmark these on a device and repeatedly watch to build up their learnt topics.