Languages

At Abbey Farm ET, children will develop their language learning skills and become all-round global citizens.

 

 

We teach MFL in order to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world. Learning a foreign language prepares our children for life in modern society, in which work and other activities increasingly involve using languages other than English. We intend that through learning MFL , our pupils  will develop an awareness of cultural differences and develop a tolerance of diversity within a society. MFL also helps them to be open-minded and adventurous in all aspects of their learning.

Children are taught to develop an interest in learning other languages in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating. We encourage children’s confidence and creative skills and strive to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language. We help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries and strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a variety of contexts to lay the foundations for future language learning.​​

We use the ‘Language Angels’ scheme of work and resources to ensure we offer a relevant, broad, vibrant and ambitious foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and excite our pupils using a wide variety of topics and themes. All pupils will be expected to achieve their full potential by encouraging high expectations and excellent standards in their foreign language learning – the ultimate aim being that pupils will feel willing and able to continue studying languages beyond Key Stage 2.

The four key language learning skills- listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught and all necessary grammar is covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This enables pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas. A whole school approach to MFL is desirable, and although languages at Foundation Stage and KS1 are not statutory, we introduce MFL from the age of 4.​ There will be many languages spoken by Abbey Farm children at home and we encourage them to share these and increase their understanding of our collective rich cultural heritage.

The intent is that all pupils will develop a genuine interest and positive curiosity about foreign languages, finding them enjoyable and stimulating. Learning a second language will also offer pupils the opportunity to explore relationships between language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences. The intention is that they will be working towards becoming life-long language learners.