Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

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At Christ Church we believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils.  Pupils develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning.  They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between foreign languages and English.  Learning another language raises awareness of our multi-lingual and multi-cultural world, and introduces an international dimension to pupil’s learning.  The learning of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects. Currently children in Years 5 and 6 are taught Italian, although topic work for different year groups throughout the school often allows for a brief introduction to other languages too, and our ‘Diversity Week’ usually involves children learning basic phrases in the language of the country they are researching.

In Italian, children learn to introduce themselves and talk about their family and interests, and become familiar with the most common Italian nouns, verbs, adjective and adverbs and other grammatical forms, which reinforces grammar work carried out in English lessons too. A document highlighting the Italian curriculum and skills progression for Years 5 and 6 is attached. 

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