MFL

“A different language is a different vision of life”
Federico Fellini

 

Oughtrington Community Primary School believes that the learning of foreign languages provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. This enables the pupils to develop their communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend children’s knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between foreign languages and English. Learning another language raises awareness of our multi-lingual and multi-cultural world, and introduces an international dimension to pupil’s learning.

 

The programme of study for Foreign Languages states that learning a foreign language is compulsory for children in Key Stage Two. However here at Oughtrington, we deliver lessons to children in Reception and Key Stage One as well. Due to the skills of our current members of staff, we teach French and Spanish. We have a specialist language teachers and Native Speakers who deliver lessons too. It is important that the children make progress so in order to ensure progression in a language, the children will focus on speaking and listening in KS1 and Reception but in KS2 the children also learn to read and write in French and Spanish. By delivering lessons to hone these skills the children will be working on speaking with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say through discussions and asking questions, whilst continually improving accuracy of pronunciation and intonation. In addition the children will be able to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources.

 

Our scheme of work is provided by the Janet Lloyd Network. The plans are fun and interactive which enables the children to explore aspects of French and Spanish culture. The children will learn common questions, answers and social conventions in order to be able to converse in another language, sing songs and explore stories in the target languages, as well as use ICT software to develop language learning in French and Spanish. Each year group will learn through different topics such as ‘All About Me’, ‘Back to School’, ‘Around the Town’, ‘Food’ and ‘Family’.

 

Oughtrington has also established a school link in France. Several teachers have been over as part of their continuous personal development training. As a result the children in Year 3 have set up pen pals and have been writing letters, which the school hopes to continue this year.