Learning a language enriches the curriculum helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained contribute to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others.

At Godolphin Primary School, we feel that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. We aim to prepare children for the KS3 language curriculum to enable them to transfer confidently and successfully.

We teach French in Lower KS2 and Spanish in upper KS2.

Teachers use a variety of the following techniques to encourage children to have an active engagement with languages:
• Games – in order to develop vocabulary through repetition, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
• Role-play – these should relate to the situations the children may find themselves in the future.
• Action songs and rhymes – to develop phonetic skills, memory skills and to further vocabulary.
• Reading and writing quality materials.
• ICT programs and websites; the use of ICT to develop communication skills.