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Why learn a language?

At Nantwich Primary Academy, we firmly believe in the benefits that learning an additional language has on a pupil's confidence, resilience, self-belief and an improved knowledge of their own language.

Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills, in addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. Children proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.


Visite de Paris


Paris is the 3rd closest European capital to London - in fact in first place is Cardiff (Wales), then Brussels (Belgium). Paris is only a short trip across the English Channel (La Manche) and is one of the most famous cities in the world.

Imagine if you could visit some of the amazing places shown in this video, and speak French with anybody you met? 

Learning a language is more than just learning the words - it is about learning to understand the people, the places and the culture that makes up the country that the language comes from. Bon voyage! (Have a good trip!)


Learning a foreign language should broaden a pupil's horizons and prevent them from growing up in an insular society, becoming aware of amazing life opportunities and experiences from other cultures: In short, a high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our aims are clarified in more detail in the following list:

  • To provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language so that the foundations for continuing language study in Key Stage 3 are set in place

  • To enable pupils to communicate ideas, facts and feelings in writing and speech

  • To provide the opportunity to use their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary

  • To focus on practical understanding in a modern foreign language

  • To give them the skills and resilience to apply their acquisition of a new language to new situations


The national curriculum for languages in Key Stage 2 aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • To understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • To speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  • To write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

  • To discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

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