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Languages

Subject intent Languages

At St Michaels’ we want our children to love learning a different language and to have no limits to what their ambitions are. We want them to grow up able to live and work in any country because they know they have the skills to learn a foreign language and embrace a foreign culture. We want them to develop a curiosity for how lives may be different in different countries and to immerse themselves in some of their cultural traditions.

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. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

We want to equip them with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the languages National Curriculum to be able but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

As well as developing the confidence to speak, listen, read and write in a foreign language, we want our children to experience the vibrancy of other cultures, to give detailed accounts of the customs, history and culture of the countries and communities where the language is spoken.

We achieve this by providing a rich, diverse curriculum, underpinned by our school’s core values of Respect, Honesty and Love, enabling every member of the school community to have a ‘Lifetime Love for Learning’.