Modern Foreign Languages

From September 2021

Subject Leader and Teacher: Miss Laitl

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At BroadbentFold, we are determined to ensure each KS2 child receives high quality MFL teaching. We chose to teach the children Polish as this supports the diversity in the Greater Manchester area and we have our own Polish teacher. Lessons should teach children the skills needed to communicate confidently in Polish. Children should also be able to express their thoughts and ideas both in speech and writing. We follow our own scheme of work across Key Stage 2, which will be developmental as the children work through KS2. The children enjoy using the resources including video stories, songs and games. The children have the opportunity to learn Polish vocabulary linked to a range of topics including money, animals and school. Throughout the week, the children get the opportunity to practice what they have learned. Our vision is to make links with Polish schools and have regular communication with them. 

Key Stage 2 National Curriculum

Pupils should be taught about:

  • 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.

The contribution of MFL to teaching in other curriculum areas

English

The learning of a modern foreign language contributes to the development of our children’s listening and speaking skills. It also develops the children’s grasp of linguistic features such as rhyme, rhythm and emphasises the importance of knowing the role of different word types in sentence structure.

Mathematics

Children reinforce their time-telling skills by playing time-related games in the foreign language. We play number games, too, that reinforce their counting and calculation skills, expand their understanding of date, and increase their knowledge about money.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE)

One of the main benefits to the children of learning a modern foreign language at primary school level is a social one. It gives the children the opportunity to learn about cultures from a different country. Lessons also give children the opportunity to take part in paired/ group work. It also supports pupils meeting Polish children in our local community. 

Geography

We ask the children to do research on the different countries in which the Polish language is spoken after they have first found them on a map or a globe. In MFL lessons children will learn the names of cities and towns in Poland and will also begin to describe the weather.

Computing

Videos, games and programmes are used on the interactive whiteboard support and engage children in their Polish learning.

MFL and SMSC

Spiritual

MFL supports Spiritual development by getting the pupils excited about learning about the world around them.

Moral

MFL supports Moral development by encouraging pupils to recognise the importance of learning a MFL from another country to enable them to respect how difficult it is when people visit Britain and try to speak a new language.

Social

MFL supports Social development by allowing children to work with a partner or as part of a group.

Cultural

MFL Supports Cultural development by encouraging children to appreciate the similarities and differences between Poland and Britain.

Enrichment

Every year, we hold a special MFL day to promote our school language learning throughout school and ensure all pupils learn simple greetings.