"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” (Chinese proverb)
Studying a language in primary school provides children with essential skills. As well as giving them the opportunity to learn a second language, an increasingly important skill in our globalised society, it also helps to promote and develop a broader intercultural understanding. The study of a second language also supports children’s general literacy and oracy, by raising awareness of their own language and thereby enriching their understanding of both. Furthermore, primary languages are about fun, communication, confidence building, developing learning strategies, learning about similarities and differences and respecting others.
At Mitton Manor French is taught across all of Key Stage 2 either by the co-ordinator or class teacher. We use the Language Angels Scheme to support our teaching of MFL. Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop the children’s skills in learning a new language. Children acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through an engaging mix of conversational work, singing activities and games. Through our teaching we aim for children to be able to build on three strands of teaching and learning: Oracy, Literacy and Intercultural Understanding.
MFL Important Curriculum Documents
How to Help at Home?
Cook a French meal
Introduce your child to French cuisine by having him or her help you whip up a traditional French meal.
Listen to French music
Download some French songs to listen to while at home or on the road. Listening to French music will help familiarize your child with French accents and pronunciations.
Watch a child-friendly French movie with your child.
You can download and print dozens of free French crosswords and word searches for your child. He or she will have fun playing, while simultaneously learning French vocabulary and simple sentences. Keep a stack in the car for long road trips.
Create some French flashcards and place them face down on a table. Your child will flip over two cards. If the pictures match, your child will flip over two more cards. The point of the game is to match all of the cards from memory.
Purchase a French colouring book for your child. These colouring books will spark your child’s creativity, while helping him or her learn various vocabulary words and themes.
Read French books
There are lots of super beginner French books.
This French activity is played exactly like the original Hangman version, except you are using French vocabulary words and phrases instead of English.
Links to useful websites for practising at home: