Modern Foreign Languages

Foreign language teaching at Bretherton Endowed

Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages, through regular taught lessons across KS2. These sessions will include oracy ( speaking and listening) reading and writing.  Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. All of these approaches help to equip our children with the skills to be confident global citizens.

Further to DFE guidance produced in 2021, we have reflected on our curriculum, taught through a specialist teacher, Madam Russell and we are confident that we offer a curriculum that is sequence of building blocks where children master the vocabulary and build on their skills over our 2 year rolling programme upto year 6. 

We intend that children in Key Stage 2 will learn understand and respond to spoken and written language and be able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and through discussion and asking questions, will continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation. Through Key Stage 2, they will begin to write at varying length. We believe in preparing children for further language studies at Key Stage 3.

Outline of our curriculum:

Pupils will be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English

The starred (*) content above will not be applicable to ancient languages.

Our Focus for 2021 2022

  • Continue to strive for the highest standards of progress, using ongoing assessments
  • Provide opportunities for children to practice and master their conversational skills leading to written skills through a vocabulary rich environment
  • Through specialist language teacher, provide high quality staff CPD to ensure progression between lessons.

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South Road, Bretherton, Lancs PR26 9AH

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