MFL Intent Statement
At Abbey Park School our intent is to inspire pupils of all levels to be effective communicators and to be able to express themselves articulately in the target language. For pupils to be able to recognise and apply linguistic functions across a range of topics, and to have a developing intercultural awareness and understanding.
Our department provides high quality, engaging lessons by covering the three pillars of progression: phonics, vocabulary, and grammar. Through learning and practice, the range, complexity and accuracy of grammatical features as well as the breadth and depth of pupils’ vocabulary knowledge increases throughout the curriculum, which is clearly mapped to facilitate clear progression. Moreover, we ensure pupils experience rich cultural content as well as linguistic. This allows pupils to develop their sociolinguistic competence alongside their mastery of discourse.
Department teachers are language specialists and there is an understanding that teachers’ expertise and CPD are central to meeting the needs of pupils as well as the wider national picture. As such, the department regularly completes subject-specific CPD alongside pedagogic training. Course training from our exam board AQA is central to this, and we routinely share best practice and CPD resources ensuring that there is a mutual benefit from any training or development.
Our curriculum is outlined in more detail on our curriculum maps. It is designed to be challenging, cross-curricular, and culturally relevant, and includes literary links in line with our whole school literacy focus. Link to SMSC and British Values are carefully embedded and there are also links to careers and further education.
Topics and themes are returned to and built upon across the key stages in order to stretch and challenge pupils, and to allow them to build on previous knowledge and skills. This allows pupils to link concepts together and to apply familiar vocabulary or structures in unfamiliar contexts. Over time pupils’ comprehension (reading and listening skills) is developed allowing them to interpret longer texts and discourse. With regards to producing language (speaking and writing skills) the curriculum ensures pupils have the opportunity develop their confidence and retrieval at sentence level before developing strategies to produce longer and more complex utterances and texts. Throughout the curriculum there is opportunity to revisit grammar in new contexts, and the order in which tenses are taught is carefully considered.
Pupils are assessed through termly milestone assessments. As part of our retrieval strategy, assessments include questions that allow pupils to draw upon knowledge from previous topics or themes. There are also questions on unfamiliar topics as an opportunity to apply familiar concepts (be it phonics, vocabulary, or grammar) to unfamiliar contexts. Vocabulary test are an integral part of our independent learning program to allow pupils to develop and strengthen their understanding of topic lexis and syntax.
KS3 and KS4 MFL Curriculum Maps
Click below in 'Related Documents' to view curriculum maps.