The intention of the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) curriculum at Biggin Hill Primary School is that children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating.
As a school we believe that it is important that the children gain experiences of other languages and cultures. Through learning about other languages, the children are encouraged to broaden their horizons by considering cultural differences and similarities, and the lives of people in other countries.
We use the scheme ‘Language Angels’ to teach French in Key Stage 2.This incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing. French lessons are fun and interactive with a wide range of short, sharp activities, including games, songs, stories, conversations and written work, designed to develop the children's skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. We are lucky to have a passionate French speaker on our staff team and she teaches alongside our class teachers.
Cross curricular links help to reinforce knowledge, skills and understanding of a topic. We teach a number of French units with the relevant History or Science topics. These include topics such as The Romans, World War 2, Habitats and Healthy Lifestyles.
Each year we have French Day where we celebrate the French language and all things French. The highlight of the day is watching KS2 teaching French to KS1. Each KS2 class is paired with a KS1 class and they develop activities to teach French to KS1.
Children are introduced to different languages through a variety of activities integrated into our curriculum. Each week, we have Language Lundi whereby the children complete the register in another language. The language of the week is also communicated to parents via our weekly newsletter. As part of transition to secondary school, language teachers from Darwin Secondary school teach a number of language lessons to Year 6 in the summer term.KS2 MFL Overview