"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." National Curriculum 2014
As an inclusive Christian school we believe strongly in encouraging and facilitating an understanding of our multicultural world. Language teaching is therefore an important part of our curriculum.
French is the main language taught at Saighton School. As a statutory part of the new curriculum for Key stage 2 we follow the new curriculum programmes of study for languages.
We also teach Key stage 1 as we believe that they too can greatly benefit from this opportunity. This early learning paves the way for deeper understanding and ensures pupils are off to a more confident start at key stage 2.
We aim for the children to speak languages with increasing confidence, to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, and to discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. In addition to studying the language, children also learn about the country, its traditions, culture and beliefs. School displays and opportunities to learn songs further develop the children's love of languages.
Mandarin and Spanish have also been taught and offered as extra curricula opportunities.
Strong links have been kept with a German school who have sent a group to visit for a few days. This has provided a great deal of further languages experience and a great opportunity to learn firsthand about another countries culture.