At Saint Joseph’s, the Borough, we want to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world by offering a thorough Languages curriculum. Research shows that when learning a foreign language, the earlier children begin, the better. Young children are intrinsically better language learners and will therefore become more proficient, more quickly. Early learners tend to be more intuitive, less anxious and better at acquiring the sounds and rhythms of new languages. Additionally, we live in an increasingly globalised world in which intercultural competence is essential. Learning a foreign language not only develops a child’s language skills in another language, it allows them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in that language. It awakens children’s interests in other people, countries and cultures, helping them to become well-rounded, respectful and tolerant citizens. Our primary intention for the pupils is to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation through discussion and asking questions. Additionally, we want the children to be able to write at varying length, to serve practical purposes and realistic audiences. In the twenty-first century our pupils need to interpret, create and exchange meaning within and across cultures, particularly in a global city like London.

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