The National Curriculum states that the purpose of studying languages at KS2 is the following:
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils 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 pupils to study and work in other countries.
At Gallions, we are fortunate to have over 50 languages spoken and the majority of our pupils speak at least two languages fluently.
We teach Latin in Years 4 and 5. We have found that studying Latin allows our pupils to make rich connections between languages. Our lessons are vocabulary rich and challenge children to explore words and their meaning; they enjoy sharing their ideas and finding similarities and differences in their home languages, a sample of an activity can be viewed here.
To explore our latin curriculum yearly overview click here.