Modern Foreign Languages

At Barton Moss, we thrive to broaden the experiences that the children have and prepare them for a future of possibilities. Our curriculum is rooted in the skills of teamwork and collaborative learning, dramatic inquiry and problem solving which are fundamental skills for children to acquire for life in the twenty-first century. Our MFL curriculum has been developed to ensure our children have the opportunity to be curious, ask questions and become inspired to find out more about the diverse world we live in. Learning and experiences ensure that our children are exposed to the world and different learning opportunities (Cultural Capital). We want our children to consider issues that are relevant in the world today. Through considering equality and diversity, the children will learn about intercultural understanding and to respect the customs and beliefs of ourselves and people around the world.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. It is hoped that children will 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. Children will also be able to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

At Barton Moss, language learning begins in the EYU/KS1 as although this is not statutory, we understand that language learning is most effective from an early age. In the EYU and KS1, children learn French through a variety of stories and rhymes.

In KS2, we follow the Salford syllabus for French which was designed by a team of cluster leads across the city over the past two years. The scheme covers the objectives from the National Curriculum, enabling schools to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which is tailored to the needs of children in Salford. It also addresses points raised in recent OFSTED inspections within Salford and follows discussion with teachers from High School.

The scheme is based on six units, with one covered each half term. The six topics are ourselves, celebrations, school, weather, hobbies and holidays and these are then repeated each year, from Y3 to Y6. This enables teachers to revisit sentence structures and vocabulary from the previous year, before building on this and progressing to cover the learning objectives for their year group.

During the year, we also celebrate European Languages Day throughout the school. The activities provided during this day support the children in encouraging them to recognise and celebrate similarities and differences.