t Teresa’s Primary school, the Catholic faith underpins every aspect of the curriculum and is at the centre of learning. Children are actively encouraged to ‘Build God’s Kingdom’.
Learning another language allows children develop their understanding the world and their place within it. Children are able to acquire understanding and respect for the traditions and experiences of others. At the same time, languages allow children to gain a better understanding of the diversity of God’s world.
As the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.
A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Our aims and intentions in teaching MFL are to ensure all children:
- Can understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- Can speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
The key elements of MFL learning at St Teresa’s are:
- Our language learning is inclusive and enjoyable for all.
- The main language we study is French.
- Children are exposed to different languages and cultures throughout Nursery and KS1.
- French is taught as a coherent programme from year 3 to year 6
- The curriculum also encompasses learning about French life and culture
At St Teresa’s we value the wider impact that language learning has on development. This supports our school’s rationale for the teaching of languages.
Language learning supports oracy and literacy.
Children spend most of their time in language lessons speaking, listening and interacting with each other. This emphasis on communication, including language learning’s important role in the ‘education of the ear’, underpins children’s capabilities in oracy, which is critical to effective communication as well as a key foundation for literacy.
Language learning stimulates children’s creativity
Children enjoy taking an active part in language lessons. They join in with singing, reciting rhymes and poems, and respond to stories. They play games, take turns and experiment creatively with language
Language learning supports and celebrates diversity
Although it enjoys much more linguistic diversity than in the past, England remains a place where the motivation to learn another language is affected by the position of English as a widely spoken, world language.
This makes it even more important that we give all children the chance to learn a language in order to gain insights into their own lives and those of others around the world. They need the chance to learn about people in other countries and cultures and to reflect upon their own cultural identities and those of other people.
Learning French, and learning about the countries where it is spoken, are also intended to promote aspiration for travel and a broadening of life experience.