Languages Mission Statement

In our Kingfisher Partnership, we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. Learning another language gives our children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to look beyond their rural parameters to understand both their own cultures and those of others. In a rapidly changing world, learning a language prepares and equips our pupils with the skills needed to participate in the international workplace.



EYFS / Key Stage 1

A variety of languages are introduced informally in EYFS and Key Stage 1.  A new language is introduced monthly using a set of provided posters. Children will be taught basic greetings to use at the start and end of the school day.

Lower Key Stage 2

Lower Key Stage 2 will have a rolling two-year language program. In the first year of the rolling program, children will learn a new language each term; British Sign Language, Mandarin and Latin. In the second year of the rolling program, children will concentrate on learning one language from the following; Italian, Spanish or German.  The choice of which will be left to the teacher depending on their own prior experience.

Upper Key Stage 2

The National Curriculum 2014 requires that children have the opportunity to learn a language in depth.  French will be taught in Year 5 and 6 in order for pupils to make substantial progress in one language.

In Key Stage 2 Languages will be taught for one hour per week for half of the term. A clear scheme of work based on published schemes such as Rigolo and Minimus is followed by all teachers to ensure pupils’ language development and progression.

Additional Activities

  • Annual Whole School Participation in European Languages Day
  • Performance of Songs in Christmas Carol Concert
  • Participation in Languages days at local High Schools
  • Visits and talks by parents proficient in another language

Ditchingham CofE Primary Academy

For all enquiries or if you would like to visit the school, please contact Ms Laura Stone who will be happy to answer any questions or make an appointment for you.

Telephone: 01986 893277 •