The latest government curriculum draft promotes the teaching of a Foreign Language from age 7. This could be French, Spanish, Greek or Latin to name but a few. Many schools have already introduced either French or Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language into their schools at Key Stage 2, when children are aged between 7-11. Practitioners and teachers within Early Years and Key Stage 1 have for many years now used other languages to promote cultural awareness in a number of ways:
- by using classroom labelling in more than one language
- by having dual text books in the book corner
- by learning a few key words of another language on festival days i.e. Chinese New Year, Ramadan
- by learning the days of the week/months of the year/numbers in another language through songs and rhyme.
At The Croft Primary School we will continue with this good practise throughout the children’s infant years. Prior to opening our Key Stage 2 year groups we will, as a school community, decide which language we would like to teach through our topics. This choice is likely to be based on skills and resources we have available to us from within our Federation of schools, although we do have a fluent Spanish speaker at The Croft!