At Coley Primary School we have over 27 nationalities and the children speak over 20 languages. For some children, speaking in more than one language is part of their daily life and their enjoyment when learning another language comes as no surprise. Research has found that children enjoy learning and speaking in different languages and this experience provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils at Coley Primary School.
Learning another language helps children to acquire communication skills such as speaking and listening, and extends their knowledge of how English or their own language works.
Additionally it gives children a new perspective on the world by encouraging them to understand their own cultures and explore others and to subsequently draw conclusions about similarities and differences between cultures.
The new Primary Curriculum specifies that children in Primary Schools are require to learn one foreign language and that learning allows children to make substantial progress in that language. Coley Primary School will be teaching French in KS2.
The Department for Education has stated that learning a foreign language should "foster pupils' curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should additionally enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing." Languages Programmes of Study, Key Stage 2 (Dept for Education 2013).