Modern Foreign Languages (French)
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LAT Narrative Over Time
In an ever-diverse world, languages and international education encourage cultural understanding and mutually empowering relationships. A powerful tool for examining values, attitudes and developing skills to combat prejudice and promote self-esteem.
Each LAT school chooses the language it wishes its children to learn – currently this is either French or Spanish. All schools use the iLanguages Scheme.
Intent | What and why do we teach what we teach?
Primary Languages is an aspirational subject which sits centrally within the LAT ‘We Wills’. It should be an integral part of Key-Stage two classroom life; giving all of our children the opportunity to find out about the languages in the world around them and to explore their place within it.
Creating a sense of learning through fun and ‘having a go’ without worrying about getting it wrong, provides the basis for the LAT Primary Languages curriculum overview.
Learning a language entails developing skills in the four areas of listening, talking, reading and writing. Key skills are taught and developed year on year through the four concepts: Relationships, Culture, Environment and Community.
Through our language teaching, children will learn the phonics of that language, develop linguistic competence, enjoys stories and rhymes and learn about key cultural features of countries of the language taught. They will extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between languages and English.
Implementation | How and when do we teach what we teach?
Throughout KS2, Spanish or French is taught through the iLanguages Scheme of work which is planned around the National Curriculum objectives. Each school tailors the scheme to the needs of their children and the key skills are taught progressively year on year through the four LAT concepts: Relationships, Culture, Environment and Community.
High quality lessons are taught regularly and retrieval techniques such as the use of ‘Vocabulary Organisers’ and quizzes help children to keep on building and extending their language knowledge. The scheme provides many opportunities for fun, interactive games and activities which allow the children the chance to learn, practice, retain and apply their language skills to different scenarios.
In September, ‘European Day of Languages’ provides the opportunity for us to think about how language learning can enhance our lives and open doors in the future. It is also a chance to involve EYFS and KS1 and think about people who might inspire us to learn languages.
Impact | How do we assess the impact of what we teach via pupil outcomes?
Assessment takes place in a number of forms allowing us to understand the impact our language curriculum has. Formal assessments in each skill are provided within the iLanguages scheme which each school uses in a way that best suits their children.
As a result of this, our LAT children receive quality language lessons which allow them to make good progress towards developing an understanding of a foreign language and culture and meeting the expectations of the National Curriculum. They are able to confidently have a go at reading, listening, speaking and writing in the chosen language using key foundational phrases.
They will have strong linguistic foundations that can be transferred to the other languages they may encounter at KS3. Additionally, they will have developed an enthusiasm and curiosity for language learning.