Languages at Greenfield
Through our curriculum we provide full coverage of the Key Stage Two (KS2) Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) National Curriculum expectations. In addition to, and in tandem with this, we also provide EYFS, KS1 and KS2 language content through the teaching of Makaton, supporting the pupils’ communication skills in English by building upon their existing schema and knowledge of language and encouraging in them the confidence to communicate independently. In KS2 we build on the children’s Makaton, using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that inspires and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topic and themes.
The four key language learning skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are covered across the primary phase to ensure all 12 DfE PoS attainment targets are met. This enables students to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning. We meticulously teach and plan for progression of skills, substantive knowledge and disciplinary knowledge in MFL that will prepare the children for a wide range of global possibilities in further education, courses and jobs in their later life. Our ultimate aim is that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond KS2.
Our MFL curriculum ensures the E-ACT values underpin all that we do in developing and implementing our curriculum:
Think big – we have high expectations for all children so they become confident and ambitious, life-long language learners. We teach Makaton in all year groups to provide access to another language for all children and use it to reinforce MFL.
Do the right thing – ensuring all children are given the support and skills needed to progress from their starting points to build a solid foundation of skills and an enthusiasm for them to be built on in KS3 and beyond.
Show team spirit – we work in collaboration with the TalkSpeech team to provide high quality Makaton teaching to the children. We use links with the Bristol-Bordeaux twinning project, l’École Française de Bristol and other networks to support the children’s learning and communication and to provide them with the opportunity to learn from native speakers.
All KS2 classes have access to a high-quality MFL curriculum adapted from the Language Angels scheme of work and resources. This progressively develops pupils’ skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in KS2 which are taught by class teachers. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes – building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language. The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar are covered across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. In addition, the children are taught linguistic disciplinary knowledge such as how to look up and research language they are unsure of and how to utilise language they do know to express themselves.