MFL Curriculum WCPS- Progression of knowledge and skills

Intent: Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

Our approach to the Modern Foreign Language Curriculum is taught discretely outside of topic time to ensure depth and rigour, whilst being underpinned by the accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning. We teach French as our MFL by utilising the key concepts, principles and themes from the National Curriculum have been developed into a range of progressive skills through which the children are helped to grow and develop to succeed in 21st century Britain. This skill-based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to deliver a more practical and engaging curriculum, which meets both the academic and pastoral needs of all our pupils. The HCAT progression of skills documents support this and ensure that children are progressing upon previously taught skills each year.

The MFL curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils by providing purposeful contexts which engage our children. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners but can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs. Through regular assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils.

At WCPS, the planning of our MFL topics for each half term are thoughtfully considered to be based around other curriculum areas such as: PSHCE and RE. This ensures that the content of each MFL session is purposeful, meaningful and has a relevant context for our children to engage with.

Implementation: Accelerated Learning

Modern Foreign Languages is taught discretely and it is delivered to raise interest, self-esteem, creativity and aspirations of all our children. The curriculum is rich and varied, which provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

Ultimately, providing opportunities for children to personally develop by immersing themselves in another language and culture is at the heart of the MFL curriculum offer that we provide to the children through exploring a wide range of topics, in order to prepare them for life.

Impact: Summative and Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables the teacher to make flexible adaptations to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

INCERTS is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.

Our progressive skills and knowledge document..

Example of progressive curriculum document