Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. Our language education fosters children's curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It enables children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It also helps children develop skills that will open further opportunities later in life.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

· Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.

· Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.

· Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

· Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.