Modern Foreign Languages
Purpose and Aims
For children to be provided with an opening to other cultures, fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world. Pupils will have the confidence to try and express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. They will have the opportunity to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
- To read fluently
- To write imaginatively
- To speak confidently
- To understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken
Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways
- Breadth - which gives pupils experiences to speak, read and write in a Modern Foreign Language. Gives children the opportunity to look at the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
- Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like a linguist.
Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element, repetition and increasing the understanding is our goal for the “depth” element.
Our curriculum drivers shape our approach to teaching MFL so that every opportunity is taken to relate history to the needs of our pupils. MFL is studied throughout each academic year and across each key stage so that pupils can gain a growing developmental understanding of the matters, skills and processes in our curriculum. Coherent contexts for learning engage ad involve pupil.
Progression and Assessment
Our progression has 4 key objectives which mirror the four aims of the subject. We set out our expectations around Chris Quigley Essentials “mile stones” approach. Each milestone has a set of indicators that re repeated throughout 3 cognitive domains: Basic (We call it Paddling), Advancing (we call in snorkelling) and Deep (we call it diving). It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will have an advancing understanding by the end of the milestone and some will have a deep understanding.
Assessment and reporting
We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each term and use this to forecast as to whether pupils are on track to meet our curriculum expectations for the end of the milestone.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Improvement
The role of the leader in monitoring pupil’s outcomes is to audit teacher’s judgements. This is done collectively in staff meetings and then collated by the leader. The leader then works collectively with the teachers to examine the strengths of the provision along with the areas for development for the provision. The leaders then create an action plan to improve achievement. The leader keeps track of the improvements they have secured over time to understand how effect the provision is.
MFL lessons at Harpenden Academy
During language lessons children have had the opportunity to enjoyed being exposed to a new and culture in a fun and practical way e.g. through songs and games.
Linguafanatics offer both Spanish and French clubs.
These are run during lunchtimes.