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The Teaching of Languages at St Mary and St Benedict


Here at St Mary and St Benedict School all languages are celebrated and recognised. The children are introduced to the idea that there are many different languages and cultures in our community, and the world starting in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 through the topics they study.


At Key Stage 2 the children have started to learn Spanish as part of the New National Curriculum 2014. They have the opportunity to work with a specialist language provider, who teaches Spanish lessons each week. Children also have the opportunity to develop their interest in Spanish after school in our Spanish Club that is held twice a week.


With the new focus now on making substantial progress in one language from the start of Key Stage 2 and to continue through Key Stage 3, the decision was made to learn the same language as our main linked Secondary School, Bishop Ullathorne. This will provide our children with continuity in their language development and also a richer and more in depth knowledge of this Spanish.