The learning of an additional language in primary school provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all children. Communication and literacy skills are developed that lay the foundation for future language learning. Children develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences between the additional language and English.
(Adapted from the National Curriculum programme of study)
By learning Swedish children learn to understand and appreciate the culture and traditions of their host country. They explore the similarities and differences between Swedish and English and learn a basic vocabulary with which to communicate in a variety of situations in their daily lives.
Swedish at the British International Primary School
Swedish is taught, by a qualified native Swedish teacher, at two levels:
1. Conversational Swedish – taught once a week to all children from
Reception (term 2) to Year 6
Conversational Swedish follows the English National Curriculum structure for modern foreign languages in primary schools and covers: listening and understanding through conversation, songs, poems and rhymes, and learning vocabulary and phrases for communicating in daily life. Conversational Swedish lessons also cover aspects of Swedish culture and traditions, for instance the beautiful candlelight ceremony of ‘Lucia’, which is celebrated by the whole school.