MFL

AIMS

At Villa Real School, MFL is offered to all students in KS2 and KS3 who are willing and able to learn about additional languages and cultures. KS 4 students can choose to study MFL as an ‘option’ subject. Students who have barriers to communication are offered MFL through the use of sensory experiences and exposure to whole school day events.

At our school we value learning experiences that engage our pupils, from the very beginning. In EYFS children have a bespoke curriculum set out in their individualised plans which highlights REAL objectives in each of the learning strands. These unique starting points follow the sequential developmental pathways detailed in Development Matters (the non-statutory curriculum guidance for EYFS).

Our Early Years classes at Villa Real School, are taught through a themed /topic based curriculum approach that ensures learning is cross curricular and covers all areas of the EYFS Curriculum.

Our aim for learning languages is based upon the principle that pupils enjoy the subject through memorable lessons that elicit interaction, discussion and thoughtful questioning at every level of ability. Highlighting the ability to think and develop independent thought through our Thinking school’s philosophy.

Lessons are planned with the student’s enjoyment at the forefront and includes songs and actions, whole school experiences, videos and incorporates links to the other national curriculum subjects where possible.

We aim to make links with other schools and students in our local area, the EU and wider world- by doing this we can incorporate our other core subjects such as ICT and literacy, as students write letters, hold skype conversations or send emails.

Chalkboard with Different Languages

CONTENT

Sign Language Course

At Villa Real School, the provision of Modern foreign languages takes its foundations from the National school curriculum, which is modified and adapted to suit the children needs and abilities. Experienced staff provide lessons in French to the students who are able to access this subject.

In The EYFS we cover all aspects of the early year’s foundation stage framework non-negotiables for our MFL: -

Literacy

  • Develop a love for reading and being read to, both fiction and non-fiction

  • Provide explicit opportunities for language comprehension prior to reading and writing skill development

  • Progression of reading to move through shared reading, to skilled word reading, speedy working out and familiar words

  • For most able, the development writing composition (spelling and handwriting) and composition (discussing / articulating ideas and structuring in speech before writing)

Understanding the World

  • Experiences to reflect their community

  • Ensure we widen their experiences from their home life – this requires good relationship / sharing with families and carers

  • Ensure we provide real life opportunities

  • Provide broad experiences through stories, videos and visits including non-fiction

Expressive Art and Design

  • Develop artistic and cultural awareness

  • Model communication that is important for imaginative play to build vocabulary

From September 2020 the Engagement Model's was introduced and is statutory for all students / pupils working below the Pre-Key Stage Standards. Villa Real School use the Engagement Steps, via BSquared assessment tool to track attainment and progress.

Pupils in Key Stage 4 can choose this subject as an additional option.

PEDAGOGY

Modern foreign language is a subject that all pupils will engage with on varying levels of ability. The hosting of whole school days E.G: Spanish day, French day (Bastille day), St Patrick’s day, allows all students to experience different cultures, foods, languages on a one off basis. The addition of visitors to school with knowledge and experience of these festivals will add to the excitement and provide a memorable learning experience for everyone.

The regular updating of the school notice board with ‘word of the month’ will allow for regular and incidental learning opportunities throughout the day as students pass through the school.

Flexible and appropriate learning opportunities are delivered by staff members with a knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language being taught. Lessons are set at an appropriate level and pace for the students accessing MFL in KS2 and KS3, which allows for the attainment of a new language.

ASSESSMENT

MFL assessment is carried out by observation, questioning, and some written work where appropriate. The B-Squared assessment tool is currently in operation for all pupils accessing MFL in KS2 and KS3 and for those students who choose it as an option in KS4. Students who are not accessing this subject are not assessed on B-squared, however are given every opportunity to take part and engage in whole school activities. EYFS learning is recorded and assessed through daily observations captured and recorded in learning journal files, on Earwig or in Reception workbooks.

Progress in the EYFS is tracked on BSquared using the explicit EYFS section, which then feeds into the following Engagement Steps and Progression Steps accordingly, as they move into Year 1 onwards.

PEDAGOGY

Modern foreign language is a subject that all pupils will engage with on varying levels of ability. The hosting of whole school days E.G: Spanish day, French day (Bastille day), St Patrick’s day, allows all students to experience different cultures, foods, languages on a one off basis. The addition of visitors to school with knowledge and experience of these festivals will add to the excitement and provide a memorable learning experience for everyone.

The regular updating of the school notice board with ‘word of the month’ will allow for regular and incidental learning opportunities throughout the day as students pass through the school.

Flexible and appropriate learning opportunities are delivered by staff members with a knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language being taught. Lessons are set at an appropriate level and pace for the students accessing MFL in KS2 and KS3, which allows for the attainment of a new language.

EVALUATION

We ensure that Modern foreign language is reviewed and evaluated bi-annually to ensure that it is still relevant to the students accessing it and fit for purpose in meeting the needs of all pupils.