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At Cantrell Primary and Nursery School, we believe that a high-quality modern foreign language education equips pupils with an understanding of the world and their place within it. We value the celebration of language and culture and encourage all pupils to appreciate and respect the diversity in both our school and the wider community. We want language learning to be memorable and meaningful and aim to develop linguistic skills through a variety of interactive and engaging lessons. We want our children to be able to express ideas and thoughts in another language and understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Pupils will learn new ways of thinking and develop linguistic skills that will lay the foundations for further language training. The intent of our language teaching is to equip children not only with the ability to express spoken and written thoughts in another language, but to develop an international and inclusive outlook. Cantrell pupils should leave our school using language to help them think creatively, confidently and curiously. Children must embody our core values; to be ready, resilient, resourceful, reflective and respectful.

At Cantrell, we intend that all pupils will:
1. Be subject to a high-quality modern foreign language education that equips pupils to use deep thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

2. Be able to express ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, in which pupils are taught to explore the relationship between language and identity.

3. Develop an international outlook and an enhanced understanding of their place within the world.

4. Develop both an awareness of cultural differences and an appreciation of diversity in society.

Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped for life in modern Britain, in which work and activities increasingly involve using languages other than English.