At Broadfield, our aim is to provide opportunities for children to develop as confident, articulate and well-rounded children who can succeed as individuals and contribute to their community and the wider world.
Our main aim in the teaching of a modern foreign language at Broadfield is to promote the early development of linguistic competence and a greater understanding of other cultures. We feel that to accomplish this, we should support and encourage the pupils to do the following;
- Familiarise themselves with the sounds and written form of a modern language;
- Begin to communicate with a new language;
- Make comparisons between languages;
- Learn about different countries and their communities, increasing their awareness of other cultures;
- Develop a positive attitude towards the learning of foreign languages in general;
- Begin to use their knowledge of the foreign language with a growing confidence of not only understanding what they hear and read but to learn the art of expressing themselves in different ways;
- Through all of the above be able to acquire a secure basis for further study in Key Stage 3 and beyond.
Many children at Broadfield are multi-lingual and relish the opportunity to broaden their language skills.
French is the language taught at Broadfield. We teach French in Years 3 to 6 as part of the national entitlement to the study of a foreign language. By introducing French to our Year 1 and 2 pupils we feel we are laying the foundations in order to further enrich development by the time the pupils reach Key Stage 2.
Schemes of learning are in place for French to be taught in Years 3 to 6 to ensure a balanced and well-distributed coverage of the attainment requirements set out in the National Curriculum. The units are also linked (where possible) to our topic and science curriculum.
By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils should be able to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by participating and responding
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
- Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine, and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
The MFL Co-ordinator is responsible for the monitoring of teaching practices and ensuring that the language policy is being implemented.