‘If you talk to a person in a language they understand, it goes to their head. If you talk to them in their language, it goes to their heart.’
At Redfield Edge Primary School, it is our intention to provide all of our children with the foundations in French which will not only develop their skills as linguists but also build their understanding of a different culture in Europe. We believe that learning a language enriches the curriculum, provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge, and helps to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. Our curriculum is underpinned by oracy. It is clear to us that the skills; knowledge; and understanding gained from learning a language will make a major contribution to the development of our children’s oracy and literacy skills, as well as to their understanding of their own culture and those of others. Our community is not as diverse as others which makes the teaching of the MFL curriculum even more important. It teaches children the importance of celebrating other cultures as well as lay the foundation for future language learning.
MFL is implemented through the Easy MFL scheme of work. This scheme – which focusses on French – is a progressive scheme for years 3-6 which targets all the aims of the (Languages) National Curriculum through an interactive and engaging programme of work.
Redfield Edge plan to introduce a new scheme of work next finacial year. Rigolo French exposes children to a range of resources including animated stories, karaoke songs, presentation activities, games, spell, sound and word tools as well as a native French speaking ‘virtual teacher’. Children learn to develop their skills in a range of areas such as pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, cultural insights and oracy.
Children will be provided with opportunities to communicate with each other in French. They will learn how language skills can be applied to a range of languages and will develop their language through development of the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Children will enrich their language learning by developing an understanding of culture.