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Why we teach it

‘To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world’ Chinese Proverb


Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


How we teach it

Medium term planning is used from the progression document and planned with the specialist teacher. It revisits prior knowledge and builds on acquisition, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Planning for each session is provided by the specialist teacher with outcomes for each session. Our children also have a unique opportunity to visit China to experience language, food, culture and customs. 


How you can support your child in Languages

The use of games and Apps can be very effective in developing a child’s knowledge of different languages.

The Culture Kid  

Bilingual Children  

Best Apps 2022

Skills and Knowledge Progression

Y3&4 sing Jingle Bells in Mandarin

Our children learned how to sing Jingle Bells in Mandarin during our Foreign Language teaching.
Uploaded by Bidston Avenue Primary School on 2019-02-25.