Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Languages are an integral part of the curriculum. Learning a language is ‘a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures’.
It helps to equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. It encourages pupils to appreciate and celebrate difference. The languages curriculum should also provide the foundation for learning further languages. It should enable pupils to study and work in other countries. In doing this, the languages curriculum has a potential positive impact on business and the economy.
(Ofsted Research review series: languages, 2021)
At Hunslet Moor Primary School we celebrate our uniquely diverse community. Many of our pupils are bilingual and represent a wide range of cultures. Learning another language gives children an additional perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. We believe that the learning of an additional language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how language works.
This policy supports our mission statement of “aiming for excellence; unlocking every child’s full potential”. To do this, we need to ensure that children are exposed to the diverse world of opportunities around them.