Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.

The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.

Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Our languages curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Our pupils get the opportunity to formally learn a foreign language in Key Stage 2 through lessons with their teacher. Pupils also have access to modern technology to further develop their skills with their class teacher during the week.

Prior to that, our EYFS and Key Stage 1 children develop an understanding of other countries, their customs and their languages through the rich and varied opportunities experienced in other curriculum subjects, such as RE, Geography, History, PSHCE and the interwoven Global curriculum.

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