Since September 2014, the teaching of a Modern Foreign Language at KS2 became a statutory requirement. There is currently no requirement to teach a Modern Foreign Language at KS1.
French is the chosen language taught at Olton and is currently taught in Years 4, 5 and 6 with the intention of introducing French lessons in Year 3 in September 2022. Our French lessons are delivered mainly through 'Rigolo' - an engaging, challenging and stimulating online scheme. Through this scheme, children learn through modelling and participation - for example games and activities are used that require a physical response to show understanding eg,” Jacques a dit, ” (Simon says), as well as online games.
The French curriculum focuses mainly on practical communication and children are expected to: –
We host French days at school to immerse the children in some of the cultural aspects of language learning as well as celebrating the language through our Language of the month assemblies.
We are working closely with Lyndon Secondary school to enable our language learners to progress confidently in Year 6.
We monitor the impact of the French curriculum through various means including: evidence of work, pupil conferences and learning walks. These are analysed on a termly basis and a 'School Improvement Plan' for MFL produced and evaluated which contributes to the whole school ongoing continuous improvement cycle and whole school self-evaluation.