... through the learning of a modern foreign language
Fylde Cluster Network
Six schools came together to form a Primary Strategy Learning Network in 2005 with the aim of improving speaking and listening through the learning of a modern foreign language. In September 05 a target group of Y3 children were identified across the network and a lead learner and lead teachers from each school were released monthly to work together on providing professional development support.
Headteachers met half termly to maintain a strategic overview of the project and were fully supportive of the initiative.
At the end of the first year, nearly all children in the target group had reached at least Level 1 in Oracy from the Framework for MFL. The biggest impact was the 'buzz' that learning another language brought to the children. One school that was inspected by Ofsted was commended for its work in developing MFL, stating that the teaching of MFL had' lit up the learning' for pupils. The learning of a MFL was most effective where it was delivered as a cross-curricular subject combined with direct input of language learning. Pupils learned songs, made dual language dictionaries and counted and named shapes in the target language.
The highlight of the year was a Network Celebration Day held at one of the Network schools where all the target children enjoyed sampling food, made banners, played boules and learnt flamenco.
Networking has brought the six schools much closer together and the network is now looking to extend its work to include other schools in the locality.