All our children, all the way through from Nursery are encouraged to celebrate language, be it their first language, or English as a second language. All children experience playing games involving languages from a range of cultures throughout their primary education. This may be in the form of greetings, counting in different languages etc.
However, in Key Stage 2, MFL is a statutory subject and the children in Y3 and Y4 experience French being taught using the progression identified through PlanIt from Twinkl. This scheme allows the children to be taught all the relevant requirements of MFL through oral work, reading and writing, as well as experiencing cultural aspects of the French culture.
In years Y5 and Y6, children experience Mandarin being taught by a specialist teacher.
The programmes of study identified within the National Curriculum are covered through a range of activities involving children doing oral work, as well as reading, writing and playing a range of games and learning songs in Mandarin. Children also learn some of the cultural aspects behind the languages they are speaking.
Our approach to teaching Mandarin involves the children learning the same themes over a 2 year period. However in Year 6 the themes are further developed to extend the children’s ability to use Mandarin effectively.