At St. Martin at Shouldham, we teach foreign languages to both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 as part of the school curriculum, for several reasons.
We believe that many children enjoy learning a language, and the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. We also believe that it is a good idea to introduce languages in Key Stage 1 because the focus will be on learning through enjoyable activities such as singing, dance and physical movement.
It is also widely believed that the early acquisition of language learning facilitates the learning of other languages later in life.
We aim to ensure that language skills are developed and used across the whole curriculum and to promote the personal development of every child by providing them with an equal opportunity to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. In particular, we aim to:
- foster an interest in learning another language
- introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun
- make young children aware that language has a structure and that the structure differs from one language to another
- help children to develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries
- develop their speaking and listening skills
- lay the foundations of future study
We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to actively engage in modern foreign languages. These include games, role play and songs (particularly action songs).
We aim to make lessons as entertaining as possible, and realise that this approach supports the development of positive attitudes in the children when learning modern foreign languages. We aim to build confidence through constant praise for any contribution they make in a foreign language, however tentative.