At Holy Family, the core language taught is Spanish. We believe that the learning of language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them develop communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with the aim of building knowledge and making progress in one language. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained make a major contribution to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children’s ideas in this critical area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.