At St. John’s, children in KS2 are enjoying weekly German lessons. Not only are the children enthusiastic in learning the skills to communicate in another language, but they are also deepening their understanding of the wider world and gaining acceptance of other cultures.
Through learning another language, children begin to appreciate and enjoy different sound systems and grow more alert to different grammar rules in comparison to English. This awareness not only makes them more astute in their own language, but will also support them in their chosen MFL learning when they go to secondary school, whether it be a continuation of German, Spanish or French.
Being aware of different languages and cultures is a vital part of our school ethos. To honour and celebrate our cultural diversity we, as a school, focus on a different language each term by learning some key words and phrases taken from the many first languages of our children such as Romanian, Urdu, Russian, Arabic and Korean.