Characteristics of a Linguist
- The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
- Fluency in reading.
- Fluency and imagination in writing.
- A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
- A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
- The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
- An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, life experiences and culture, to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
A whole school approach to MFL is desirable, therefore, although languages will be compulsory only from year 3-6, teachers in reception and KS1 are greatly encouraged to allocate time in the curriculum to cultural learning activities. Our reception and KS1 children may receive MFL teaching as a cross-curricular subject, enhancing both the EYFS and the KS1 National Curriculum. These children may take part in any activities – and in any languages – at this stage. Language songs, games and activities are highly enjoyable, motivating and inclusive and also develop other literacy skills.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, we will use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our MFL lessons. Children will have the opportunity to support their work with a variety of resources. We will aim for a balance of whole class, group and independent learning. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum; ICT, PE and Music, for example, are particularly appropriate for cross-curricular teaching.
Please see our MFL Curriculum Year Group Overview which shows the accumulation of knowledge and skills from Years 3 to 6.
Aspirations For The Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Linguist:
- Attractions manager
- Teachers in other countries
- Hotel managers
- Leisure and tourism
- International law
Through the explicit teaching of the speaking, listening and writing skills included within Modern Foreign Languages, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. At the end of the unit, pupils are given the opportunity to reflect on their knowledge and understanding. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time
“I like learning Spanish because I learn new Spanish words and it is fun.” – Madox
“I like learning new words in Spanish and teaching my family how to do it.” – Lola
“I enjoyed European Day of Languages because I learnt how to say ‘hello’ in Italian’ – Evelyn
Here is what Modern Foreign Languages looks like at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School: