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Our MFL Curriculum 

"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world." – Chinese Proverb


At St Nicolas’, we believe that an introduction to a foreign language at an early age fosters pupils’ curiosity about the world and opens their eyes to other cultures. We want to inspire a love for language learning and deepen their understanding of the world. Now more than ever, feeling connected to the wider world liberates us from insularity and we believe that language learning provides the ideal pathway for pupils to feel this link.


Language learning encourages pupils to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all of which are transferable to other subjects in the curriculum. It also provides them with the opportunity to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and give them a solid foundation for learning further languages and communicating with the world.


Aims for pupils:

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes
  • Use familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity through discussions and questions
  • Begin to use a variety of grammatical structures
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing within the language studied
  • Understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing
  • Acquire the foundation skills needed for further language study