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The languages spoken at Shaftesbury are plenty and we celebrate the diversity of our school through bringing those languages into the classroom. We have a foreign Language of the Month and the children are registered in this language twice a day. The number of bi-lingual children is high and we encourage children to share their alternative means of communicating with pride. Knowledge about language is vital to children obtaining a better grasp of E nglish and having the tools to express themselves in different ways. Through noticing similarities and differences with other languages, we believe that children will become masters of English.  Further, children learn Mandarin from a specialist teacher. We find that this valuable experience in language learning stands the children in good stead for MFL in secondary school.

Please click on the attachment below to read about the Languages National Curriculum.