Languages at St Edmund Campion – our vision

All children will understand why it is important to learn languages in our global community.  Children will have an interest in languages and an understanding of how people in other countries think and communicate.  Children will become global citizens by having respect and tolerance for others.  They will look for similarities between different languages and cultures as well as differences.

By learning about languages from their peers in the first instance (Year 3), languages are brought home to children.  Children see that languages are part of “real” life.  Children enjoy learning languages and acquire the essential tools of language learning, thereby preparing them for success in further study of languages at secondary school and beyond.

A Multi-lingual Approach
We have a multi-lingual approach to language teaching in KS2.  From Years 3-6, pupils study four languages and focus on:

  • the discovery of ‘how languages work’
  • the range of different sounds
  • having an interest in a wider variety of languages
  • the place of languages in the modern world
  • how languages belong to ‘families’
  • how languages borrow words from each other and change over time
Year 3 Discovering Languages* and Latin
Year 4 Spanish
Year 5 Japanese
Year 6 French

*Discovering Languages involves pupils sharing their own knowledge of language and culture with their peers.  For example, a bilingual child Spanish/English teaches the rest of the class about the language and culture of Spain.  The child’s parents are invited to come into school to support this.

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