Modern Foreign Language
The teaching of Foreign Languages at St John`s broadens pupils’ horizons, stimulating their curiosity about language and fostering positive attitudes towards language learning, deepening their awareness and understanding of our multilingual and multicultural world.
The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils, which conforms with statutory requirements.
The aims of learning a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) in our school are to:
Foster an interest in learning other languages
Introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language
Encourage children to be aware that language has structure and that the structure differs from one language to another
Help the children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
Develop their speaking and listening skills
French is the chosen MFL at St John's. The scheme of work is based largely on the Rigolo. This covers oracy, literacy and cultural understanding.
Language is taught to all children whatever their ability, providing learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. Lessons also seek to enhance children’s knowledge and understanding of French culture and traditions and any differences with their own.
Children are introduced to new topics through oral work, songs, visual prompts, videos, flash cards, games, role-play. Initially written French is used only to reinforce oral-learning, however upper school will have some written French activities to complete. Where possible, the teacher gives simple instructions in the target language. As year groups progress, consolidation is part of the curriculum.
Each Year group will celebrate French Festivals and Customs appropriate to the time of year. By the end of Year 6 children will have awareness that French is not only spoken in France. Songs, stories and games will be used to reinforce learning across the Year groups.