Modern Foreign Languages (French)

At Windmill Hill Academy, we are ‘Inspiring Passionate Lifelong Learners’ by providing them with a broad and balanced to inspire and motivate pupils to have high aspirations; provide them with the tools to become assessment-capable learners and be socially responsible within the school and wider community.
Overall curriculum
At Windmill Hill Academy, we believe that the learning of a language provides an invaluable cultural, educational and social experience for our pupils.
 
It enables them to develop essential communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in another language. We are also laying the foundations for the children to develop their knowledge of how languages work which will support them when learning other languages in the future. We believe that by learning another language, children develop a broader perspective on the world which encourages them to better understand their own culture and other cultures of the world. 
 
Our main emphasis is on building confidence so that children are not afraid to have a go at communicating in French. It is important that children progress through the skills required by the National Curriculum, not just learn basic vocabulary, it is an expectation that they should be reading and writing simple sentences by Year 6. 
 
Pedagogy
Our MFL (French) curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages through weekly lessons. Children develop their love of language learning and acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. 

Our school follows the Rigolo scheme of work, adapted to meet the needs of our children. As all children learn at different speeds and have different learning styles, we try to make French lessons as active as possible with carefully chosen songs and activities supplementing the Rigolo scheme. 

 

Assessment

Assessment is regarded as an integral part of teaching and learning and is a continuous process. There are planned opportunities within the curriculum plan to revisit learning from the current year but also previous year groups. 

It is the responsibility of the class teacher to assess all pupils in their class. This is mainly achieved through mini-plenaries, questioning, observation, end of unit tasks, marking, feedback from support staff and pupil self-assessment.

The Rigolo scheme provides assessment points throughout the year - after every unit taught. They focus on each of the four main skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

End of year assessment is reported on Itrack and features on the annual report to parents. 

The monitoring of the standards of children’s learning and the quality of learning and teaching of MFL is the shared responsibility of the Senior Leadership Team and the subject leader. The work of the subject leader also involves supporting colleagues in the teaching of MFL, being informed about current developments in the subject, and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school. A named member of the school governing body is briefed to overview the teaching of the curriculum in the school.
 
Culture
We believe that by learning another language, children develop a broader perspective on the world which encourages them to better understand their own culture and other cultures of the world. 

At Windmill Hill Academy, we believe that the learning of a language provides an invaluable cultural, educational and social experience for our pupils. It enables them to develop essential communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in another language.

Our main emphasis is on building confidence so that children are not afraid to have a go at communicating in French. It is important that children progress through the skills required by the National Curriculum, not just learn basic vocabulary, it is an expectation that they should be reading and writing simple sentences by Year 6. 

 

Systems

Our French curriculum ensures that all pupils in Key Stage Two develop the key skills as set out in the national curriculum, as well as develop a love of languages and an appreciation of other cultures.

The National Curriculum aims are that all pupils:

- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

- Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

- Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.  

 

Policies/key documents

- Whole School Long term horizontal curriculum map

- ADMAT Trust Skills Progression Map for MFL – French

- Knowledge and Skills organiser for French

- Rigalo Scheme of Learning

- Rigalo Assessments

 

All of these can be can be found on our website under the curriculum/policies tab.