Modern Languages in the primary phase at Harleston Sancroft Academy is underpinned by our purpose for education, which is to enable all pupils to flourish and grow. Through our values (hope, perseverance, wisdom, love, respect & faith) we aim to provide our pupils with a languages curriculum that is knowledge-rich, vocabulary-driven and skills-based.
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children 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 children to study and work in other countries.
It is intended that when children leave the primary phase they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore other countries, cultures and languages, accepting that, in a multi-lingual society it is a valuable skill to be able to communicate effectively with others in another language. They will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning in the secondary phase.