At St. Joseph The Worker, it is our belief that the curriculum is enhanced by awareness of different cultures and an introduction to a foreign language is an effective starting point for this.
There is good evidence that an early start in learning a foreign language means deeper and more lasting learning. Early learning means that teenage inhibitions are avoided, and that the ‘babyish’ conversations and activities are done at an appropriate age.
An effective method of learning a language is through linking it with the curriculum as a whole and the trained primary classroom teacher is best placed to do this.
The use of the foreign language can contribute to the achieving of several of the 5 – 14 curriculum targets, especially in Language.
The development of foreign language skills in primary schools is part of a progressive line of development in language for pupils throughout their education