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Yealmpstone Farm Primary School

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From September 2021, we will be switching from Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) to Ancient Foreign Languages (AFL) in KS2.  This means that we will switch from teaching French to teaching Latin in years 3 - 6.  (There is also the option to have one term of Ancient Greek in Year 4, to tie in with the Ancient Greece topic.)


All planning, resources and training will be provided by an organisation called Classics for All .


The rationale for this change is:

- to provide children with the building blocks for a wide range of modern European languages, which children will learn in secondary school

- to develop a greater understanding of the English language through exploring etymology and morphology of language, and thus instilling confidence in using such language

- to widen knowledge of vocabulary - particularly tier 2 and 3 words

- to develop further cultural context for subjects across the curriculum - especially English, history, science and R.E

- to raise aspirations - showing children that one doesn't have to go to a grammar school or private school to study classics


For the remainder of the 2020/21 academic year, we will continue to teach French as a modern foreign language.  Our teaching will be based around units provided by Oak Academy, and will supplement the Rigolo resources which are already used across KS2.  (See below for more details of our current MFL curriculum.)



Intent - What are we trying to achieve?


All pupils at Yealmpstone Farm have the right to a rich and deep learning experience that includes the learning of the basics of an additional language. The study of languages prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly carried out in languages other than English.  Pupils use language to communicate information responsibly and creatively; learning how to use languages to enable access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures across our school and wider demographic. In addition, understanding a modern foreign language increases a child’s understanding of their own language and the building blocks which form this. The process of learning a foreign language reinforces fluency and understanding of grammar, syntax, sentence structure and verbal precision. Increased capability in the use of languages can also promote initiative and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.


We teach a curriculum that enables our pupils to become effective users of language, and show an understanding and respect of different cultures in our local, national and global communities.


Through the teaching of French at Yealmpstone Farm, we aim to:

  • Ensure every child has the opportunity, throughout Key Stage 2, to study French as a foreign language; developing their interest in the culture of other nations, communities and beliefs.
  • Ensure pupils have access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities.
  • Ensure pupils have exposure to simple commands including day-to-day French language, including days, months, numbers and classroom instructions.
  • Ensure pupils develop an increased wider cultural understanding through our enriched and varied curriculum to which languages contribute.
  • Provide language informed by the National Curriculum and the skills expressed in this: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Cultural Understanding.


Implementation - How will we achieve this?

Teachers have access to a comprehensive scheme of work - Rigolo – which covers all aspects of the MFL curriculum: speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding, and progresses these skills and knowledge throughout Key Stage 2. Activities can consist of actions, rhymes, stories, song, drama, grammar focus, video clips, air writing, sentence structure, dictionary work, and many more creative ways to extend, embed and combine language skills.


Impact - What difference this will make?

At YFPS, children:

  • develop language skills which can be applied practically both orally and in writing
  • apply their knowledge of language to other areas of the curriculum
  • develop an increased appreciation and respect for a diversity of cultures
  • develop language skills that will benefit them in secondary school