Our Learning – Modern Languages

MFL Policy

MFL at Ardley Hill Academy

It is a statutory requirement that children learn a language at Key Stage 2 and at Ardley Hill we believe it is a useful skill to have.

Studies show that the younger children are when they begin to learn a language, the better they will be. Children are much better learners and have a curiosity that we lose as we grow older. They are quick to pick up new things and a new language is no different. A second language will also be useful to our children as they grow up in an increasingly connected world. Being able to learn and speak new languages will help them later in life.

 

 

What do we learn?

In KS1 we explore languages throughout the year to encourage children to enjoy learning about language. This includes learning the class language in autumn and using this language throughout the year. At Christmas we explore the nativity in German and during other special events we will explore language, such as learning some Mandarin during Chinese New Year. During summer term we will learn some Spanish before the children break up.

Any classes that have EAL/ bilingual children we will also learn about their heritage and learn some of their language.

 

How do we teach languages?

Children are taught languages through:

  • Practical communication – useful and recognisable contexts,
  • Phonics – sound patterns,
  • Intercultural understanding – learning about the culture of the people who speak the language,
  • Grammatical structures – patterns in the order of language,
  • Stories, songs and poems.

 

 

Opportunities

Every other year, children in Upper Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to go on a residential to France to allow them to practise their language learning. This is a great chance to speak French in a real context and helps children to develop a better understanding of the global community they are part of.

International Schools Award

We are looking to renew our International Schools Award this year. This award recognises the international work we do at Ardley Hill and provides us with globally recognised accreditation.

The International School Award helps schools to:

  • enrich the curriculum and improve teaching by introducing and embedding international activities across the whole school
  • become part of a global network of international educators open to collaboration and shared learning opportunities
  • gain recognition for and promote their international work, making it more attractive to students, parents and teachers.