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Corby
Primary Academy

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Intent:

Nurture: To build a curriculum which nurtures children's learning behaviours and develops their ability to seek knowledge, so they know more, remember more and understand more.

It is designed to grow the key skills of collaboration, independence, resilience and communication so that children know how they learn.

Curiosity: To build a curriculum that ensures children can be creative, inquisitive and are provided with the opportunity to be engaged and motivated about what they learn.

It is designed to allow children to link ideas, make connections and question the knowledge being shared.

Diversity: The MfL curriculum fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Children will learn the culture around the languages being taught as well as the language itself. Our curriculum also takes into account the languages represented by the children within school. There are opportunities to promote language and link knowledge of the different languages.

Ambition:To build a curriculum which develops understanding and results in the acquisition of knowledge so that children develop an ambitious thirst for learning.

It is designed to ensure children can articulate what they have learnt, building upon and extending their knowledge, skills and understanding, in order for them to reach and exceed their potential.

We use the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.

The intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements. 

The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. In addition, the children will be taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they will have a bank of reference materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. This bank of reference materials will develop into a reference library to help pupils recall and build on previous knowledge throughout their primary school language learning journey.

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.

Implementation

All classes will have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in KS2 which will be taught by class teachers.

Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.

All teachers will know where every child is at any point in their foreign language learning journey.

Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts will be taught throughout all units at all levels of challenge. 

  • We start with nouns and articles and 1st person singular of high frequency verbs in Early Learning units.
  • We move on to the use of the possessive, the concept of adjectives, use of the negative form, conjunctions/connectives and introduce the concept of whole regular verb conjugation in Intermediate units.
  • We end with opinions and introduce the concept of whole high frequency irregular verb conjugation in Progressive units.

Grammar is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units.