As a Catholic school, we are part of a multi-cultural society and a world where the ability to speak a foreign language is a highly valued skill. At St James’s, we strive to give all pupils the opportunity to learn another language and at the same time gain a better understanding of the diversity of our world.
In September 2014, foreign languages became a statutory subject in the primary curriculum. Our overall goal is to help all our pupils achieve the best they can in the context of the government's languages programme of study stating that:
"Teaching should focus on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language; teaching should provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and should lay the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3."
(Statutory guidance on National curriculum in England: languages programmes of study, September 2013.)
Develop pupils’ confidence and independence in the four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
Engage pupils and motivate them to succeed in language learning
Foster curiosity for other languages and cultures
Involve all pupils
Facilitate the transition to KS3 and promote further language learning