At Parkside Primary School, it is our intent to deliver modern foreign languages to Key Stage 2 children with a particular focus on French. Children work through a structured programme (Rigolo) which equips them with age appropriate vocabulary and phrases. Delivered in a bitesize way, Rigolo allows regular revisit and retrieval opportunities, helping the children with their successful acquisition of the language.
The Modern Foreign Language curriculum uses the Rigolo scheme which ensures coverage and progression across KS2. All of KS2 pupils partake in weekly French lessons. The Rigolo scheme of work is divided into 12 units: six units per year, thus 2 per term. Each unit is then divided into four or five lessons. The units combine whiteboard and class activities using interactive resources featuring the Rigolo family characters for whole-class teaching.
Each lesson is framed by starter and plenary activities to refresh pupils’ memory of language learnt previously or to reflect on what has just been learnt. This is in line with the Rosenshine principles. All French lessons at Parkside start with ‘What we already know’ so that pupils are constantly reflecting upon past learning, ensuring that previous knowledge is retained. Our MFL curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all pupils within our school, including those with SEND
Our French curriculum will ensure all pupils develop key language learning skills, as set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. These are as follows: