MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES (FRENCH) LEADER
'ALWAYS START WITH WHY'
OUR SCHOOL VISION & INTENT
'We intend to see our children socially, morally and academically ready for the future. All in equal measure but driven by the social and moral aspects. Our journey is as much about ‘how we approach our learning’ as anything else. Learning to learn is vital for our children. A thirst to learn from mistakes and be resilient and independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This can make them ready for the challenges and opportunities they may face in their future and this can foster ambition and aspiration to be the person we hope they can become. We drive and celebrate the skills and qualities that will bring this about and attempt to develop a more rounded, inclusive view and understanding of the modern wider world. Our children’s speaking and listening skills are absolutely paramount and we aim to develop these continually within a curriculum that is broad, well balanced and seizes the importance of our locality, creativity and ‘performing arts’
OUR MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES VISION & INTENT
MFL at Mayfield offers children liberation from insularity and provides them an opening to other cultures. It can deepen their understanding of the world and of people living within their, and other, communities. We seek to foster the natural curiosity of pupils and encourage them to communicate for practical purposes.
SO OUR LATEST WORK IS.....
Our new curriculum 'When I Grow Up...' has been occupying my time as subject leader. I want to see two clear goals in our MFL curriculum:
* ensure the key skills of confidence, fluency and spontaneity are fostered through discussion and questioning, whilst continually improving the accuracy of pupils' pronunciation and intonation;
* ensure that the key aspects of the MFL curriculum demonstrate progression.
I have been spending Spring Term 2020 working with the senior leaders on each of these goals alongside ensuring our curriculum implements our core vision at every opportunity. We have the curriculum overview in place, the progression document is complete, now the staff are building that first term ready for April implemention.
Finally, I would like to share with you all our 'Let's Talk at Mayfield' philosophy. You will have seen the position of oracy within our vision and I am currently studying planning to ensure that our new Stunning Starts and Parent Celebrations are all about speaking, listening, performing and presenting - an ideal medium for current learning and outcomes in French.
Knowledge, relevant vocabulary, talking with confidence about topics and making the planned outcomes appealing and attractive are vital on our journey for our children - so that history is taught in a way which answers our children's amazing questions but isn't delivered in a way which builds barriers to this. It is a work in progress but our history curriculum will deliver on our subject aims and our 'valuing every achievement' vision.