Primary Languages

At St Joseph’s R.C Primary School, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children in Key Stage Two a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.



The aims of providing a foreign language are :

  • to foster an interest in learning another language

  • to stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity about language

  • to develop speaking and listening skills

  • to help children develop an awareness of cultural similarities and differences.



The children will learn :

  • to listen carefully and recognise sounds and combinations of sounds, that are similar to, or different from English

  • to understand and respond with increasing competence, accuracy and confidence

  • to join in songs, rhymes and stories which enable them to practice the sounds of the language in an enjoyable way

  • to take part in conversations at an appropriate level, reacting to instructions and questions and expressing opinions and feelings

  • to remember vocabulary directly taught and reinforced through word games and similar activities

  • to read stories and rhymes for enjoyment and to gain awareness of the structure of the written language

  • to read, copy and write independently (where appropriate) familiar words and phrases in context