A “Love of Language” is one of the valued areas of learning here at St Andrew’s.
Children are inspired to develop a greater understanding of the world in which we live by having the opportunity to broaden their language learning, as well as learn about other cultures and traditions. There are many languages in the world. At St Andrew’s we have chosen to teach our children the rudiments of French.
We believe, learning a foreign language is an essential part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Children should be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We believe that highly effective language learning provide the foundations for learning further languages in the future, equipping children with the tools to to study and work in other countries.
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
Why do we teach this?
Our intent is to provide an environment where children develop a curiosity about languages as a way of communicating in the modern world. To enable our children to celebrate and welcome differences in our world, it is vital they have an understanding of different languages and countries. By introducing and exposing our children to this they will have a deepened ability to show respect and play a valuable part in our global society. To achieve this end point we aim, through our languages curriculum, to inspire a love of language as part of their lifelong journey of learning. Children will develop the knowledge to be able to communicate in a language other than English and teaching strategies will enable them to know more, remember more and understand more in the target language. We hope to embed the essential skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. We aim to build the children’s ‘cultural capital’ so that they are aware of similarities and differences between cultures. In short, we hope to lay the foundations for future language learning.