Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. (National Curriculum 2014)
We believe that learning a language enriches the curriculum. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained make a major contribution to the development of children's Oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children's ideas in this critical area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.
We teach Spanish because it is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world, and phonetically simpler to learn than English. We see many benefits to learning Spanish for our children: it stimulates children's creativity; supports Oracy and English grammar learning; it supports and celebrates the international dimension; and fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.