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Modern Languages

Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Overview

Modern Foreign Languages Intent and Implementation

At Cardinal Newman, we greatly value the importance of early language learning and believe all children should be given the opportunity to understand cultures and customs, other than their own. In addition to building on our pupils’ appreciation of similarities and differences in people, we aim to develop strong language foundations which can be transferred to secondary school. Children are more likely to study foreign languages in later life if they have been exposed to them at primary school, thus opening the door to future opportunities.

Our pupils learn French from Year 3-6 and through extra-curricular clubs, can also learn Spanish and Irish.


The aim here at Cardinal Newman is to:

- Foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils.

- Develop an ability to communicate in everyday situations through speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

- Stimulate and encourage children’s curiosity of language.

- Encourage children to gain an understanding of the differences in language structures.

- Help children develop their awareness of cultural similarities and differences.