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, ability to bounce back from difficulties, be resilient and be independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This will prepare them 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 and understanding view of the modern wider world. Our children’s speaking, listening, confidence and presentational skills are absolutely paramount to all of this 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 the chance to have a more rounded and understanding view of our wider world and provides them an opening to other cultures. It can open dicussions to differences and similarities 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. The teaching of languages can increase the respect and tolerance of others which is so needed in our society.
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 am currently working upon each of these goals alongside ensuring our curriculum implements our core vision at every opportunity. We are ready for the implementation in school so unfortunately delayed by the Covid-19 situation.
I can see real potential in our MFL/French work when considering our 'Let's Talk at Mayfield' philosophy. You will have seen the position of oracy within our vision: speaking; listening; personal confidence; presenting. These are central to our approach to learning and outcomes in MFL/French.