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GOSDEN HOUSE SCHOOL

OFSTED OUTSTANDING

2015 / 2016

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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) are studied in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

Our aim is that through the teaching of MFL pupils will:

  • Recognise other languages and respond to spoken and written language from an authentic source.
  • Speak the basics of at least one other language with increasing confidence.
  • Have a better understanding of other cultures and countries’ traditions and ways of life.
  • Develop an appreciation and enjoyment of the language studied.

Primary pupils are introduced to Foreign Languages through the Creative Curriculum;  where appropriate, foreign languages are taught through songs, rhymes and simple greetings.  At Key Stage 3 pupils follow a programme of European Studies which involves learning about the language, culture, traditions, history and geography of some European countries together with an overview of the structure and purpose of the European Community.  All pupils receive at least one term of focused Modern Foreign Language teaching.  Currently the target language is French.  Learning of French is reinforced throughout the school day when possible, for example, through the use of greetings and counting at register time.

MFL is monitored informally during lessons.  Pupils are given opportunities to show what they have learnt in performances and presentations and at special curriculum days such as “Europe Day”.  Displays in school also promote awareness of MFL learning.  At the end of Key Stage 3, summative assessment is made and recorded.