As a multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. It is therefore our intention that all pupils leave Stratton Primary School with an understanding of at least one other language. We aim to equip pupils with skill in speaking, listening, reading and writing so that they can continue to study languages successfully in their next stage of education. Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teaching is based on the guidance material in the Languages Programme of study (KS2) requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.
MFL is led by a highly qualified linguist. All staff from Years 3-6 follow the ‘Cave Languages’ scheme of work.
'Physical French Phonics’ is used to teach the French phonics system to help the children read and write in French. Children’s confidence is built through praise for any contribution they make, however tentative.
A variety of techniques are used to encourage the children to have an active engagement with the Foreign Language, including games, role play and action songs. They use puppets and soft toys to demonstrate and present the foreign language.
A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used, i.e. a physical element is introduced into some of the games, rhymes and songs as this serves to reinforce memory.
MFL is encouraged to be delivered in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 through everyday language such as greetings and commands.