Our Curriculum Intent Statement
At Eynesbury Church of England Primary School, our curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can ‘live life in all its fullness’ by offering stimulating and awe inspiring learning experiences with Christian values at its heart. We aim to deliver a curriculum that provides our children with rich knowledge and skills. It gives them the opportunities to develop into well rounded individuals ready for each stage in their learning journey.
'OUR PUPILS LEAVE EYNESBURY AS RESPECTFUL, GOOD CITIZENS WITH GOOD MEMORIES, A THIRST FOR LEARNING AND LIFE AND ALL IT HAS TO OFFER.'
We provide all of our children with a high-quality education in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), which develops their love of learning about other languages and cultures. Our current MFL taught is French. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have acquired an understanding of both spoken and written French, confidence to speak in French with others and know how important other languages can be in their future.
we believe that learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping children to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
At Eynesbury C of E Primary School:
Children have weekly lessons in French throughout Key Stage 2 and we have chosen the Kapow MFL Scheme of Work( as of September 2021) to support our teaching in addition to other resources. Areas covered include: numbers, colours, house and home, in town, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies.
It is intended that when children leave Eynesbury C of E Primary School, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning in the next phase of their education.
Pupils in KS2 have weekly MFL lessons (45 minutes) where they have the opportunity to listen to, join in with, read, speak and write in French. We follow the Kapow Scheme of Work.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in MFL, we implement a curriculum that is progressive across Key Stage 2. MFL is taught as part of the ‘I wonder…’ theme where possible, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. On re-designing our curriculum, teachers worked in collaboration to ensure the strands of oracy and writing were explicitly and progressively built into sequences of lessons.
Children understand that they are learning French, and the areas they are studying are explained explicitly using a ‘front sheet’ and a Knowledge Organiser.
There is a balance of spoken and written French, although the emphasis in Year 3 is development of oral skills.
There are opportunities to revisit key skills and vocabulary with increasing complexity which allows pupils to revise prior knowledge and build on previous learning.
Different teaching strategies are deployed:
role play, language games, language detective work
independent work, paired and group
We recognise the importance for children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences through hands-on, practical activities. We ensure this through singing, games and role play activities.
Cross curricular links are made where possible allowing the children to make connections and apply their language skills to other areas of their learning.
- 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 clear
- 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.
Linked to the whole school curriculum intent statement we want our children to leave Eynesbury 'as respectful, good citizens with good memories, a thirst for learning and life and all it has to offer'.
Through learning a different language and developing an understanding of different cultures our children will be equipped with developing confidence to build on this as they move to into Key Stage 3.
By following a progressive scheme of work in time our children will be able to:
- engage in dialogue in practical situations and express an opinion
- be able to read unfamiliar words, phrases and short texts
- speak and read aloud with confidence and accuracy in pronunciation
- demonstrate and understanding of spoken language by listening and responding appropriately
- develop an understanding of grammar
- develop a cultural understanding
Assessments take place throughout the year. The teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. Further information is gathered through pupil questionnaires; highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded. Progress and effort are communicated to parents at the end of the year. A comment is made by staff in end of year reports to parents.