Modern Foreign Languages
Learning a language provides access to foreign culture, which helps children to deepen their understanding of the world and their place in it. It helps children to understand the value of communication and it allows all children to utilise their language acquisition skills to learn new sounds and vocabulary in context, and to make links with knowledge they already have in their mother tongue. MFL teaching should provide children with opportunities to communicate in the target language, both through speech and writing. It should enable them to express their opinions and ideas in the target language and understand and respond to those who speak it.
At The Winchcombe School, we teach French as a foreign language through the Primary French Project, which was developed by the Institut Français. This scheme of work has strong links to literacy, using understanding of phonics and grammar in English to support the children’s learning of French. It links to the Cornerstones Maestro Big Ideas of Humankind, Place and Comparison in the following ways; it introduces children to French culture through the use of songs, rhymes, significant landmarks and cultural traditions and celebrations, encouraging children to think about the similarities and differences between this and their own culture and why these exist. It also explores places in the UK and Europe, looking at where in the world France and the UK are and how they are linked. The aim is for children to achieve the DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue Française) PRIM certificate by the end of KS2. DELF Prim is the first level in the DELF / DALF series of certificates awarded by the French Ministry of Education for proficiency in French as a Foreign Language and is linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.