Cross-curricular links

Learning another language presents opportunities for the reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other curriculum areas. Teachers across the country have found many productive ways of integrating work in a new language with the rest of the primary curriculum, while reinforcing work in other subjects at the same time.
You can exploit opportunities through, for example, aspects of:

  • English: development of speaking and listening skills, knowledge and understanding of grammar and sentence construction. Opportunities to compare the foreign language with English or another language can be exploited through use of the new alphabet, phonemes, rhyming patterns, sound/spelling links, dictionary work, formation of structures (such as singular/plural, gender, negatives, question forms, position of adjectives, imperatives), intonation, dialogues, poetry, different text types, formation of complex sentences and drama;
  • ICT: use of e-mail with schools abroad, materials from the Internet and satellite television, video and audio, presentation of data, word-processing;
  • Citizenship: the multilingual society, knowledge of other countries and cultures;
  • Mathematics: counting, calculations, the time and the date, money;
  • Geography: work relating to the study of other countries, points of the compass, weather;
  • Science: work on parts of the body, animals;
  • Music: rhyme, rhythm, singing, composition, world music;
  • RE: international or multicultural work, celebration of festivals, storytelling, calendars, customs;
  • History: work relating to the study of other countries, family trees of famous people;
  • Art: descriptions of paintings;
  • PE: physical responses to the teacher's instructions issued in the language being learnt.
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