Our vision at Heymann Primary and Nursery School is for all children to develop a natural curiosity about the world around them and to want to be able to communicate with others. Through identifying four key values that drive our whole school curriculum (Curriculum Drivers of Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Creative Thinking and Community), we have designed our MFL curriculum to provide opportunities to access 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.
The learning of a foreign language can provide a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils – providing them with:
· Opportunities to communicate for practical purposes in the wider world.
· A foundation for further learning of languages beyond KS2, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
· An essential opening to other cultures and a widening of experiences and aspiration.
· A new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
The learning of modern foreign languages is central to the fulfilment of Heymann Primary School’s international principle, promoting the learning of modern foreign languages throughout pupils’ education at each key stage.