Here at Star of the Sea RC Primary School, we believe that language learning enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, and to understand and respond to its speakers.
Yet it is clear that language learning is not only a matter of developing competence in another language, important though this is.
It is about the broader curriculum; about children exploring the relationship between language and identity, about developing an international outlook and an enhanced understanding of the world and their place within it.
As the opening statement of the new Programme of Study puts it:
“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.”
This has never been more crucial.