At Aston Lodge, we believe that learning a language enables children to develop their language and communication skills, develop their linguistic abilities and gain knowledge of how language works. It is also vital that children are aware of the multilingual and multicultural world, giving them an insight into other cultures. Nationally, it is statutory that children learn a language from Year 3.
At Aston Lodge, our children have the opportunity to learn a language when they begin FS2. All children from Year 3 receive weekly MFL lessons taking a themed approach half termly, using the Jolie Ronde scheme of work. This follows the long term skills progression plans developed in collaboration across WPT.
This enables our children to receive high-quality language teaching. We learn through games, memorising, songs, videos and role-play.
Children are taught how to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language 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 writing
- Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): 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
For further information, please see the attached documents.