At St Ives we believe that languages are a life skill that enrich the curriculum in many ways.
As well as creating an awareness of a different culture, the skills, knowledge and understanding gained by studying another language make a significant contribution to the development of children’s oracy, literacy and to the understanding of their own culture.
At St Ives French is taught from Nursery to Year 6 and Spanish is taught from Reception to Year Four. We also offer an after school Italian club. All lessons are taught by subject specialists who use games, songs, rhymes and role-playing to make learning a language fun and engaging. In Pre-Prep language learning is most oral and we focus on listening and speaking skills. From Year 3 onwards pupils begin to develop their reading skills and more focus in placed on the written form of the language.
To enhance the language curriculum further we also offer a number of excursions including theatre and cinema trips. Every two years the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils also have the opportunity to spend a week in France. Pupils take part in a wide range of exciting activities designed to help them to practice the language, gain a deeper cultural understanding and most importantly have fun!