Our Curriculum


The learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the pupils. Language skills are vital in improving understanding between people here and in the wider world, and in supporting global citizenship by breaking down barriers of ignorance and suspicion between nations. Learning other languages gives us insight into the people, culture and traditions of other countries, and helps us to understand our own language and culture. At Riverside we want the children to be curious about a different language and to develop a love of learning a new language.


The school aims to

  • foster positive attitudes towards foreign language learning;
  • to develop pupils’ communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning,
  • to provide a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects,
  • to develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the target language and English,
  • to enhance pupils’ awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduce an international dimension to pupils’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others
  • to gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement
  • form a sound basis for further study when moving to key stage 3 and beyond.

For more information about Riverside’s approach to MFL, please refer to the documents below: 


Mrs C Martinson
MFL Lead

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum, please email our Curriculum lead and Deputy Head, Mrs Watts.