MFL - French
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”
Vision and INtent
Foreign language learning increases a child’s critical thinking skills, creativity and mental flexibility. Primary-aged children are very open and receptive to learning a language. At Cheadle Primary School, we support the learning of French for all Key Stage 2 pupils, of every ability and special learning need.
My name is Mrs Norton and I am the Modern Foreign Languages (French) Subject Coordinator at Cheadle Primary School. This is the perfect subject for me to lead as I am thoroughly passionate about France - its language, culture, food, fashion, history and architecture. It is my responsibility to ensure that our French teaching engages and enthuses children, igniting a love of learning another language and providing them with the platform to take their learning further into academic and later life.
Curriculum and implementation
Our vision is to inspire and enthuse a curiosity for language in every child as a foundation for their role in our global world; fostering a curiosity and deepening their understanding of the wider world. Children are able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, and to understand and respond to each other, both in speech and in writing. They communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read texts in the original language.
Our scheme of learning certainly delivers an exciting, engaging curriculum that is in line with the DfE’s Language Programmes of Study, which states that pupils should be taught to:
Core Knowledge and skills
Please click on the links below to see our subject progression documents for French.
Teachers assess pupils’ work on a continual basis in order to measure their attainment and progression in understanding. Self, peer and teacher assessment are tools which enable our teaching staff to complete our online assessment system, Otrack. The criteria for success and learning objectives are made clear to pupils, which enables them to evaluate their own progress in learning and linguistic attainment. Comprehensive assessment data informs lesson planning and can be used to identify any gaps in learning at an early stage. It also informs the reporting process that is made available to parents each year. Coherence of assessment across the school, in language teaching, is supported by discussion and consultation between staff, guided by myself as Subject Co-ordinator.
cultural capital and enrichment
Cultural capital enables the children to gain awareness, knowledge and competence which they certainly do in their language learning. Learning opportunities across the whole curriculum are extensive, moreover, language teaching has broader significance for learning - developing cultural appreciation for other countries so that our pupils can value, appreciate and participate in a wider global society.
What our pupils say
If you would like to try some activities at home with your child, or have a go yourself at learning French, you might find these websites useful: