At Hartsfield, we aim to offer a relevant, broad and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2 and work towards becoming life-long language learners.
The four key language learning skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning.
Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. For disadvantaged pupils, we aim to use MFL to foster their curiosity and help deepen their understanding of the world by providing them access to cultures that they may not be familiar with to deepen and expand their cultural capital.
Our MFL curriculum is planned so our children can reach the progression milestones by the end of key stage 2 (see additional document). All Key Stage 2 classes will have access to a high-quality foreign languages curriculum using the Language Angels scheme of work and resources, which provide well-structured and well-resourced units of work to support non-specialist teachers. Units, where possible and appropriate, will be linked to class topics and cross curricular themes.
Children will build on previous knowledge gradually as their French lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language. Units are progressive within themselves as subsequent lessons within a unit build on the language and knowledge taught in previous lessons. As pupils progress though the lessons in a unit, they will build their knowledge and develop the complexity of the language they use. Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch will be taught at all times to ensure pupils learn effectively – the Language Angel Scheme offers ‘stretch’ materials for all units.
The use of the Language Angels scheme of work also provides supporting materials to help close the gap for those pupils with SEN or other disadvantaged children and to enable and encourage them to access and achieve in line with the rest of their cohort.