At Great Missenden Primary School, we are linguists! Our aim is to develop an enthusiastic and positive attitude to other languages and language learning. It also particularly important to us to celebrate all languages spoken in our school, encourage a life-long love of language learning among our pupils to enhance their understanding of the world and their future economic well-being.
In every Languages lesson, we use a variety of resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant, and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils are expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning - the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond key stage 2.
The intent is that all lesson content is continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that is clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This ensures that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils, progresses within each academic year and, is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase. In so doing, it is always relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements.
The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading, and writing are taught and all necessary grammar is covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. In addition, the children are taught how to look up and research language they are unsure of and they will have a bank of reference materials to help them with their spoken and written tasks going forward. This bank of reference materials will develop into a reference library to help pupils recall and build on previous knowledge throughout their primary school language learning journey.
The intent is that all pupils develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others, and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.
- KS 1 study some languages through songs, stories and dance.
- Year 3 study German during the Autumn Term and then switch to French for the Spring and Summer terms.
- Years 4, 5 and 6 study French for one hour per week delivered by a specialist Languages teacher.
- Lessons are closely linked the curriculum which enhances the overall teaching and learning experience.
- The skills acquired in language lessons during Key Stages 1 and 2 can be transferred and will prepare students for a variety of languages they are likely to encounter at secondary level.
Pupils are taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken French and show understanding by joining in and responding.
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
- Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases, and basic language structures.
- Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
- Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases, and simple writing.
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems, and rhymes in the language.
- Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
- Describe people, places, things, and actions orally and in Year 6, develop their writing skills.
- Understand basic French grammar including feminine, masculine, and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
All classes have access to a very high-quality foreign languages curriculum. This will progressively develop pupil skills in foreign languages through regularly taught and well-planned weekly lessons in Key stage 2 which, are taught by a language specialist teacher.
Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, language skills and grammatical knowledge organised around age-appropriate topics and themes - building blocks of language into more complex, fluent and authentic language.
All class teachers know where every child is at any point in their foreign language learning journey.
The planning of different levels of challenge and, which units to teach at each stage of the academic year, will be addressed dynamically and will be reviewed in detail annually as our curriculum at Great Missenden Church of England Combined School develps. Lessons offering appropriate levels of challenge and stretch are always taught to ensure pupils learn effectively, continuously building their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the language(s) they are learning.
Children are taught how to listen and read longer pieces of text gradually in the foreign language and they have ample opportunities to speak, listen to, read and write the language being taught with and without scaffolds, frames and varying levels of support.
Where possible and appropriate, lessons are linked to class topics and cross curricular themes. Children build on previous knowledge gradually as their foreign language lessons continue to recycle, revise and consolidate previously learnt language whilst building on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge and awareness of required and appropriate grammar concepts are taught throughout all units at all levels of challenge. Grammar rules and patterns are taught by level of challenge and is integrated and taught discreetly throughout all appropriate units.
- We start with nouns and articles and 1st person singular of high frequency verbs.
- We move on to the use of the possessive, the concept of adjectives, use of the negative form, conjunctions/connectives and introduce the concept of whole regular verb conjugation.
- We end with opinions and introduce the concept of whole high frequency irregular verb conjugation.
Pupil learning and progression is assessed at regular intervals in line with school policy. Each language skill is assessed (speaking, listening, reading and writing) twice throughout each scholastic year to be able to provide reference points against which learning and progression in each skill can be demonstrated.
In addition to following the lessons provided in school, students are encouraged to participate in the following:
- Foreign language celebration assemblies.
- Cookery sessions of traditional foods from the country of the language being studied.
- Fashion shows demonstrating typical / traditional clothing from the country of the language being studied.
- Weather forecasts based on maps from the country of the language being studied.
- School celebrations of national feast days from the country of the language being studied when appropriate to facilitate a whole school approach to foreign language learning along with improved cultural awareness.
- Competitions organised both internally and externally.
- Pen pal letter writing.
- Fun French club held at lunch times and after school.
MFL lessons are progressive which guarantees learning and challenge for all. Throughout the year, lessons increase in level of challenge, stretch and linguistic and grammatical complexity as pupils move from learning basic vocabulary to more challenging units of language. Activities contain progressively more text (both in English and in French) and lessons have more content as the children become more confident and ambitious with the foreign language they are learning.
Year 3 begins at basic noun and article level and teaches pupils how to formulate short phrases. By the time pupils reach Year 6, they are exposed to much longer text and are encouraged to formulate their own, more personalised responses based on a much wider bank of vocabulary, linguistic structures, and grammatical knowledge. They are able to create longer pieces of spoken and written language and are encouraged to use a variety of conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives, opinions and justifications.
Pupils continuously build on their previous knowledge as they progress in their foreign language learning journey through the primary phase. Previous language is recycled, revised, recalled, and consolidated whenever possible and appropriate.
Pupils are aware of their own learning goals and progression as, at the beginning of each term, they are given a pupil friendly overview so that they can review their own learning at the start and at the end of each unit. They will know and are able to articulate if they have or have not met their learning objectives. They can keep their unit learning intention sheets and unit core vocabulary sheets as a record of what they have learnt from unit to unit and from year to year in their languages folders.
The opportunity to assess pupil learning and progression in the key language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and against the 12 DfE Languages Programme of Study for Key Stage 2 attainment targets is provided at the end of each 6-week teaching unit. This information is recorded and is monitored by the Foreign Language Subject Leader who can use this data to ensure teaching is targeted and appropriate for each pupil, class, and year group as well as to feedback on progress to SLT and stakeholders. Pupils are offered self-assessment grids to ensure they are also aware of their own progress which they can keep as a record of their progress.
Children are expected to make good or better than good progress in their foreign language learning and their individual progress is tracked and reported to pupils and parents / carers in line with school recommendations.
We hope that as children move on from Great Missenden School to further their education and learning, that their life-long love of language learning, creativity and passion for languages travel with them and continue to grow and develop as they do.
Happy St. Nikolaus Tag
Today we had a special visit from St. Nik and Krampus himself. The children in Year 3 were left a bag of treats (well, all those that had been good).
St. Nikolaus has also been busy this weekend visiting families from our school. Late Saturday 5th December, children left their shoes out and woke up on Sunday morning to a wonderful surprise.
European Day of Languages Competition 2020
(open to all students that attend Great Missenden Primary School)
This year, to celebrate the European Day of Languages we ran 3 competitions:
1. Language Stones
Pupils were invited to use their creative skills and paint/draw a design of their choice on a stone. The theme was languages so designs could range from European Flags, a picture of a favourite animal with the word in the foreign language underneath, emotions, favourite words, or phrases in that language. Everyone who entered the competition will receive a certificate and the top 3 entries (named below) will also receive a prize.
The entries were vary varied and of a high standard. The stones will be placed in a rockery in one of the school courtyards for all to enjoy.
1st: Hetty L in 3R
2nd: Luca in 3S
3rd: Sophia in 3S
2. The EDL 2020 Bake off
With over 20 entries from most year groups, this years bake off was a huge success. It was not an easy decision for Mr. Magee to choose winners as all of the entries were unique and incredible. Everyone who entered the competition will receive a certificate and the top 6 (named below) will also receive a prize.
Joint 1st: Edward D in 3S and Cara/Miranda in 5A
Joint 2nd: Erin in 3S and Mirabel in 3S
Joint 3rd: Theo in 3R and Ruby in 3R
3.The EDL poster competition
The poster competition entries this year were exceptionally high. All entries will receive
a certificate and the top 3 (named below) will also receive a prize.
Your posters will be on display around the school.
1st: Bethan K in 4R
2nd: Sarah K in 3S
3rd: Eliana L. in 3R
EDL 2020 Poster entries
Do you speak another language (confidently) ? Do you have family from another country?
If so, I would like to invite you to do a 10-minute presentation to your class during one of the Languages lessons during the next 2 weeks. We want to celebrate and promote the rich linguistic diversity at our school and encourage lifelong language learning . I am really looking forward to being a student and learning from you all.
All those who participate will receive a certificate. If you have any questions, please contact Madame Hemsworth at: firstname.lastname@example.org