What is MFL?
MFL stands for Modern Foreign Languages and is an important part of the school curriculum. At Ladywood Primary School, children in KS1 and KS2 learn French.
What the National Curriculum says about MFL
Purpose of studying MFL
The learning of an additional language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children an additional perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
Aims of studying MFL
At Ladywood Primary School we aim to foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to French in a way that is fun, enjoyable and accessible to all pupils. We stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language and creativity by encouraging children to experiment with French and ‘have a go.’ The study of French is also used to further support oracy and Literacy, and in particular helps to develop children’s speaking and listening skills in English. Intercultural Understanding is also a very important strand to language learning at Ladywood Primary School and we aim to encourage curiosity and respect for other cultures through studying similarities and differences between Great Britain and other Francophone countries.
What we do at Ladywood
Key Stage 1
Although MFL is not compulsory at KS1, we want to develop a love of languages and believe that the earlier children begin to learn a language the better! KS1 are therefore taught once a fortnight by a French specialist and the emphasis is on storytelling, singing and movement.
Key Stage 2
MFL is compulsory at KS2 and is taught by a specialist French Teacher who visits Ladywood once a week.
Topics studied in Year 3 and 4 are:
· All about me
· Christmas in France
· French party / playground games
· Body parts and colours
· Sport and hobbies
Topics studied in Year 5 and 6 are:
· Places, transport and directions
· The solar system
· Telling the time
· School life
· Past and future tenses
What parents and carers can do to help their children
Being actively engaged within your child’s learning is a mutually beneficial for both parents and children. Your child will reinforce their learning by talking to you about some of the things they have been learning about at school.
· Talk to children about their French learning in school.
· Allow the children to sing French songs at home, and perhaps introduce some simple French phrases at home – The children will be able to teach you some!
· Tell children about any visits to other countries that you have experienced, especially those where you have experienced the importance of being able to speak another language!
· Encourage children to experiment with as many different languages as possible – it doesn’t have to be just French and there are lots of educational games on the internet that the children love playing.