At Abel Smith, our intent is to develop a life-long love and enjoyment of language learning. Through fun, stimulating lessons we aim to foster our pupils’ confidence to communicate in another language whether that be through speaking, reading, writing or singing. We value the clear benefits language learning brings, be they personal, cultural or social. Alongside the teaching of key skills of vocabulary, phonics and grammar we believe it important to raise awareness and develop understanding of what lies behind a different language, namely rich, diverse cultures. We want to foster the confidence in our children to have no fear or reluctance to communicate in a foreign language and to broaden their perspective of life beyond our country’s borders.
At Abel Smith, the modern foreign language we teach is French. All pupils in Key Stage Two receive one taught lesson every week, delivered by the subject leader. Teachers seek daily opportunities to weave spoken and written French into everyday classroom life through taking the register, classroom instructions, prominent signs around the school and writing the date in French. At Abel Smith we follow the Mr French scheme of work, adapted to meet the needs of our pupils. Children learn through active participation in actions, rhymes, stories, songs, games, bilingual dictionary work and video clips to embed language skills: teaching and reinforcing vocabulary, sentence structure and key grammar points. Whenever possible, we find opportunities for the children to engage with native speakers of the language.
We encourage pupils to value and take pleasure from the MFL curriculum we deliver at Abel Smith, and aim for them to leave Year 6 as open-minded world citizens with an enjoyment of language learning, with the confidence to ‘have a go’ at communicating in a foreign language and ready to embark on further language study at secondary school.