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Intent (Aims and Purpose)

We aim to create the very best Linguists and prepare our pupils for the transition to language learning at High school. Our curriculum aims to equip all our pupils with the knowledge and skills to thrive and succeed in language learning; encouraging and inspiring them with quality first teaching.

Our curriculum in MFL aims to promote student curiosity, confidence and collaborative thinking. Through teacher modelling, we encourage our students to be well-mannered, thoughtful and mindful of others.

Our knowledge engaged curriculum underpins and enables the application of skills. There is planned progression through our curriculum with content and skills defined in our schemes of work which revisit and build on existing knowledge. Grammatical structures, syntax and vocabulary are taught from the outset; using the correct terminology and making explicit links to English.
The topic areas and grammatical structures which are introduced at KS2 and KS3, are seen as building blocks for more in-depth learning at KS4 (& KS5) and the use of IT programmes such as Linguascope and Languagesonline are well-established for reinforcing newly acquired knowledge or for setting homework for supporting longer term memory


During KS2 pupils begin studying at least one modern foreign language. French is the language studied at Blackminster, where a balance of spoken and written language is covered to lay the foundations for further foreign language learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond. Pupils access the language by looking at a variety of texts and are taught to listen and respond to spoken language using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures. An introduction to French phonics helps pupils develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.

In Y6 the work is covered under 2 main topic areas across the year Qui suis-je and Où suis-je.

There are many quality resources available to support and revise existing French work and to extend skills and knowledge. These may be found at www.linguascope.com and www.languagesonline.org.uk. Pupils will be provided with passwords to access these sites. Homework is set in line with school policy and is issued every 5 lessons. Homework tasks are recorded on the ShowMyHomework website and often have resources attached to support the work.

During KS3 pupils build on the skills they have developed in French throughout KS2. They develop their competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing and there is an increased focus on improving grammar skills and their knowledge of vocabulary. Pupils access the language by looking at a variety of authentic texts of increasing complexity and listening to more detailed pieces of language spoken in class or on recordings of native speakers. They are taught to communicate with more independence, spontaneity and accuracy and are introduced to strategies which enable them to express their own opinions and justify their point of view on a particular topic in the target language, preparing them for further study at KS4.

In Y7 the 2 main topic areas are Les choses importantes dans ma vie and En ville. In Y8 the 2 main topic areas are Ma vie aujourd’hui au college and Ma vie hier et demain.

As in KS2 pupils will be encouraged to use sites such as www.linguascope.com and www.languagesonline.org.uk to support and reinforce the work covered in class. Homework will be set every 5 lessons and recorded on the ShowMyHomework website with accompanying resources where appropriate. In KS3 it is desirable for each pupil to have their own French dictionary, as good dictionary skills can help greatly with progress in languages going into KS4 and beyond


Progression through the 3 years at Blackminster should be evident in the development of key skills and acquisition of main vocabulary. Evidence is kept of children’s work in books. Verbal feedback and marking in books is also used. Data is monitored and moderated at each collection point

Formative assessment happens in ongoing observation of activities such as role-plays, listening and reading comprehension and in written exercises teachers monitor the pupils’ understanding, knowledge and skills and inform planning that is suitable for supporting and challenging the pupils at every stage of their progress. Pupils also engage in self and peer assessment which enables them to identify and use criteria needed to help them progress between different levels. There is a summative assessment activity at the end of each unit of work which enables teachers to track each pupil’s progress against their end of year target.

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