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Foreign Languages Curriculum

Through our Foreign Languages curriculum, we want to enable our children to celebrate and welcome differences in our world. By introducing and exposing our children to languages they will have a deepened ability to show respect and play a valuable part in our global society. Learning a language enriches the curriculum helping to create enthusiastic learners that develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained will contribute to the development of children’s oracy, literacy and further aid their understanding of their own culture and those of others. The four key language learning skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the primary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations for future language learning and also helping the children improve overall attainment in other subject areas.

At St Clement’s Catholic Primary School, we feel that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. We believe that the early acquisition of Spanish will facilitate the learning of other foreign languages later in life. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of our children’s primary education, they have an acquired understanding of both spoken and written Spanish, in order to confidently converse with others. We aim to prepare children for the KS3 language curriculum to enable them to transfer confidently and successfully.

The intent is that all content will be continuously updated and reviewed annually, creating a dynamic programme of study that will be clearly outlined in both long-term and short-term planning. This will ensure that the foreign language knowledge of our pupils progresses within each academic year and is extended year upon year throughout the primary phase and, in so doing, will always be relevant and in line with meeting or exceeding national DfE requirements.

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