Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”
– Frank Smith
We believe in the importance of learning languages at Servite and encourage the children to share in this curiosity by teaching them French from the get go!
We not only equip them with basic vocabulary, but we cultivate their understanding of French culture and the importance of languages for their future. We see the study of languages as a tool for a better future and a skill for life!
The pupils are taught through both traditional and modern songs, stories, games and repetition to gain a basic understanding of key words.
Key Stage One
Pupils continue to use songs, stories and games to develop their knowledge and begin to read and write in French, using vocabulary that they have learnt in class.
Key Stage Two
Pupils begin to refine their pronunciation, delve into grammar and develop their ability to read and write in French! Pupils are taught how to use a bilingual dictionary and are taught the importance of revising any topics learnt previously in order to effectively learn the language.
In Years 5 and 6, pupils have termly assessments to monitor their development and understanding of the subject.
“A different language is a different vision of life.”
– Federico Fellini
Those pupils with English as an Additional Language are given extra support outside of the classroom.
On entry to the school, all the way up to Year 6, pupils are identified and assessed and support is given in smaller groups to all areas of literacy, with a focus on their needs as individuals and as a group. Each session lasts for 45 minutes, either once or twice a week, depending on ability.
The work that is carried out in these groups is similar to that which is being undertaken in class, except for the pace may be lessened or the children might be given more support in accessing the curriculum. They too use their topic to facilitate their learning- everyone has access to the creative curriculum, of course!
We ensure that the progress of the pupils is monitored and groups are altered accordingly on a termly basis.
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of it’s people.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
We pride ourselves on our cultural diversity here at Servite and come together each year in celebration of the different nationalities we have at the school.
Turning the hall into a party of all nations, we get a taste of everything - from Jamaican patties and Spicy Pechoras to Socca and Salsa – in celebration of different cultures! Embracing a range of values, traditions and beliefs in an evening of loud, vibrant and colourful celebration- it is a night not to be missed!
Don’t forget your costume!