French

A new language really brings home the fact that the British aren’t the only people on this planet, at the same time as giving young children an insight into the differences and similarities between nations.

French is an ideal introduction to the notion that there are many European languages – especially since it’s a favourite holiday destination.

Their work links to topics they are studying in other subjects and includes visualising key words, playing games, taking part in role plays and doing comprehension on the interactive whiteboards – but it’s the chance to show off with Je prends un Orangina, merci on a cultural holiday in Paris, skiing in the Alps or relaxing on the Riviera that really gets them excited.

There is, after all, nothing like the satisfaction of going somewhere new and knowing you’ll be understood.