Modern Foreign Languages - MFL
‘A high-quality language education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.
At Bassetts Farm, our intent is to deliver a languages curriculum that lays the foundation for future study of other languages and supports the development of literacy skills in English. As well as focussing on communicating for practical purposes, we strive to nurture children’s natural curiosity and encourage them to engage with other cultures.
- For MFL to contribute to a broad, enriching and successful curriculum that is accessible and ambitious for all children.
- To develop the communication skills and cultural knowledge that children need to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences later in life. The ability to communicate in another language is a valuable skill for future employment, as well as opening opportunities to travel or study abroad.
- For children to show clear progression in spoken and written language by implementing a curriculum that is coherently planned and sequenced to revisit and build on existing knowledge. Enabling children to achieve at least a good standard and strive to excel.
- By comparing and contrasting other cultures with their own, children are able to reflect on how their cultural experience is shaped by the local area.
- Cultural capital - by teaching language contextually within topic areas, children will have access to knowledge beyond their own cultural experience which will broaden their awareness of other countries and communities and set them up to become intercultural citizens.
- To address social disadvantage by ensuring all children have access to authentic language resources as well as a range of cultural experiences. They will also develop confidence, communication and literacy skills, which will support learning across the curriculum.
‘Teachers must take account of the needs of pupils whose first language is not English. Monitoring of progress should take account of the pupil’s age, length of time in this country, previous educational experience and ability in other languages. The ability of pupils for whom English is an additional language to take part in the national curriculum may be in advance of their communication skills in English. Teachers should plan teaching opportunities to help pupils develop their English and should aim to provide the support pupils need to take part in all subjects.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.
At Bassetts Farm our intent is to provide encouragement and support for EAL pupils across the curriculum, which will enable each child to achieve rapid language acquisition, confidence and inclusion alongside reaching their full potential in all subjects.
- For EAL support to ensure access to a broad, enriching and successful curriculum that is ambitious for all children.
- To support children with EAL to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to take advantages of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences later in life.
- To work with the local community on visits, events and performances to promote cultural awareness.
- To ensure all children with EAL achieve at least a good standard and strive to excel.
- To address social disadvantage by ensuring all children at Bassetts have opportunities to support language development, understanding and cultural traditions through giving wide experiences.
- To provide opportunities for all children to share and celebrate their language and culture.
- To develop Cultural capital by exposing children to cultural experiences and background knowledge that will equip them with the cultural knowledge they need to propel them further in their education, careers and social development.