Statement of Intent for Modern Foreign Languages
"He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
At St John the Baptist School, we want to enable all our children to celebrate and welcome differences in our world. Therefore, 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, we aim, through our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum to inspire a love of language as part of a lifelong journey of learning,
The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
Our aims at St John the Baptist School are:
To develop an interest in learning other languages.
To introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable and stimulating.
To encourage children’s confidence and creative skills through the exploration of another language.
To stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language.
To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
To develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
To lay the foundations for future language learning.
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela