Modern Foreign Languages (French)
Intent, Implementation and Impact of our MFL curriculum at
Witherley Church of England Primary School
At Witherley Church of England Primary School, we want to give our children the opportunity to learn a second language.
Learning a second language boosts problem-solving skills, creativity and offers more career opportunities in adulthood. We want our children to learn another language so they find it easier to connect with other cultures becoming more open-minded and tolerant of diversity. In addition, we want to use the learning of language to help our children with their wellbeing, as research shows children are less likely to experience age-related mental illness as they reach old age, if they are bilingual.
In accordance with the National Curriculum, children will learn to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in 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; and 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.