In this post I look at the new National Curriculum 2014 for Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 2 in the UK.
As a teacher that has not been teaching in the Uk for a few years and who recently transitioned to primary I want to get up to speed on the new guidelines and hopefully help some others who are new to them or trying to get resources together to teach it.
I’m trying to get all the elements together in one place to avoid the hours I’ve spent looking for all the information and clicking links that no longer work. So let’s start taking the documents one by one.
**I’ve made a zip file of all the documents I talk about at the end of the post.**
The National Curriculum Framework document KS2 MFL
The Languages curriculum is located on pages 212-216. The government expects progress to be made in one language, most commonly French, Spanish or German but provision is also made to study ancient languages. There is an emphasis on using real-life examples such as songs, poems and ryhmes in the target language. It makes it clear that pronuncation is important and that children should not just be taught orally but as an integrated approach with reading, writing and grammar elements such as conjugation of common verbs and common patterns of speech.
KS2 Framework for Languages
The main outline of what the government is expecting to be taught. They make it clear that native speaker contact is important as well as authentic materials and an emphasis on cultural awareness. This is designed to build life-long language learners.
KS2 QCA MFL Scheme of Work
The most popular scheme of work in primary schools with many materials adapted to it. It has great links to the learning objectives and detailed notes on teaching it. The cross-curricular links are included and everything needed to put into a detailed lesson plan. It is only for French, Spanish and German.
The link to all the material is here but as it is an archive this may be removed so I am including the material in a download at the end of the post just in case.
Assessment of Primary KS2 MFL
There are no formal assessments but most schools have chosen to continue to use the languages ladder as a guide. This is a very broad stroke idea of individual children’s progress. In order to move up the ladder the teacher needs to be convinced that the child has achieved the level by clearly demonstrating on more than one occasion and usually three or more that they are working at the level above. They can, and usually will, have a higher level in some skills than others.