The government have set a target that all children in Key Stage 2 should be learning a Foreign Language by 2014. In 2009, we decided as a school to move away from a multi-lingual approach, which we do use in International weeks and when it is appropriate in our cross-curricular ‘theme’.
We have decided that the children will study one language over the six years from year 1 to year 6 – namely Spanish. In addition to this they will also study French in year 4, 5 and 6. This gives the children a good grounding in a language that is currently an option at the secondary school that many of our children transfer to – Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon.
We focus primarily on the use of spoken Spanish and French, however the children use their reading, listening and written skills to reinforce their learning. This will prepare them well for their language experiences at secondary school and allow them to appreciate the diversity of language spoken not only throughout their community but throughout the world.
We also look at the culture of Spain and France to develop their understanding of the people and their social conventions.