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Information for parents
Read the Enjoying the
benefits leaflet to read more about how learning a
language at primary school can impact on a child’s education and
your child leaflet suggests a range of ways in which you as a
parent can support and encourage this language learning at
The CILT publication ‘Bringing it home’ offers further
ideas, such as how to make use of rhymes and games, the Internet
and visits at home and abroad. Visit the CILT Shop to
purchase a copy.
There are many free web-based resources you
can access with your child, such as via the BBC Learning
Parents website. Look at our Online
resources page for further suggestions. Just click on the
language that your child is learning.
If you want to check the meaning of a word, a
quick search will bring up many free online bilingual dictionaries.
Search engines themselves (e.g. Google) usually offer a very simple
word look-up facility also. Your children will be introduced to the
specific skills of using bilingual dictionaries as they progress
through KS2 and into KS3.
If you have bilingual children, including of
National Literacy Trust resources may be of interest.
If you have older children, take a look at our Languages Work
website, which offers a wealth of information on career and study
choices, from options at the end of KS3 through to university and
beyond. There is also a Learner
Zone with fun activities and guidance on which language to
To understand how languages fit into the
primary curriculum, visit our Policy and
Information for schools
the benefits and Supporting
your child leaflets have been created to help schools
answer parents’ questions and to promote language learning to
parents. Schools are invited to make use of these leaflets as best
suits their needs. The content has been written so that the
leaflets can be used together or separately.
Schools are welcome to print and photocopy the
leaflets or to distribute the electronic files. Please note that
both colour and black and white versions are available. Ways of
reaching parents might include:
- Putting a link to this web page on the school website
- Putting a link to this web page in the school newsletter
- Emailing electronic copies to parents
- Sending a copy home with children
- Adding a copy to a mailing to parents
- Placing a copy on the parents’ notice board
- Making copies available at Parents Evenings and open days.
Whilst it is permitted for schools to host the
leaflets on their website, we recommend that schools use the link
instead so the most up-to-date version is available to parents.