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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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MFL (French)



MFL Curriculum Intent

At St Joseph’s we aim to provide a fun and engaging MFL curriculum which fosters a love of languages and develops a strong foundation for future learning. Learning a language enriches the curriculum, providing excitement, engagement and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life.  Our curriculum and approaches help children to develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in French. We celebrate equality and diversity through language learning and broaden children’s perspectives on the world. This encourages children to respect a variety of cultures and faiths as well as equipping them to study and work in other countries.  We aim to make the learning of a new language accessible and attainable for all. We want children to feel excited about learning a new language; show curiosity, wanting to find out more – not only about French but also the first language of their peers. about French but also the first language of their peers.


MFL Curriculum Implement   

At St Joseph’s, we provide a fun and engaging Modern Foreign Languages curriculum and French is taught on a weekly basis using the ‘ILanguages’ scheme of work across Key Stage Two. This scheme of work ensures children acquire a bank of vocabulary from different topics and their development is progressive as they build on previous knowledge from units already studied. The MFL principles of learning a new language - listening, speaking, reading and writing, are planned and built into lessons, incorporating structured progression across year groups. In Key Stage Two, children are taught in weekly sessions by their class teacher and are provided with both accessible and challenging learning opportunities that enable them to celebrate success and build resilience. The ILanguages resources support the teaching and learning of all KS2 pupils through carefully sequenced planning, resources, pupil learning booklets, assessment strands and progression maps incorporating the key skills and knowledge children need to know and remember. Opportunities are always taken to celebrate different cultures and their spoken language, including those of the children who attend our school. These take place in the form of assemblies or celebration days. In Key Stage One, we also recognise the importance of children being introduced to Modern Foreign Languages early on - through the use of classroom routines (register), songs and greetings to enable them to develop in their knowledge and understanding of the world. Through doing this, children acquire a bank of foundational vocabulary to use by the time they enter KS2. 


MFL Curriculum Impact

Children's progress and attainment in languages is continually assessed through a range of means, including children's ability to retain and recall vocabulary, children's written work and speaking skills as well as the ability to independently express their learning within the classroom. This is evidenced using ILanguages assessment materials and teacher assessments using the age-related expectations strands, which are in line with curriculum requirements. There are also MFL subject ambassadors, who meet with the subject lead each term to enable pupil voice to be at the forefront of French teaching and learning and feedback on the impacts or improvements that can be implemented in future lessons. The MFL subject leader also continually monitors the impact MFL teaching is having on the children’s learning, through work scrutinies, observations and by evaluating the termly data collected on French.

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Trust Information

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.