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Languages at Salterhebble

French teaching will allow children to develop their knowledge of core French vocabulary (substantive knowledge) and language concepts through reading, writing, speaking and listening activities in every lesson.  Trough our teaching, the children build their disciplinary knowledge of languages and how they are structured to apply this learning to other languages in later life.

Frequent practice of core conversation skills will enable children to further develop their confidence with speaking and listening skills.

The regular use of songs, rhymes, stories and poems in lessons will embed core vocabulary and language features as well as providing frequent opportunities for the receptive learning of a wider range of French vocabulary.

Important aspects of French grammar will be taught at appropriate times, and comparisons made with English grammar.

Children will learn about some similarities and differences between the culture and customs of France and the UK, as well as developing their locational knowledge of France and other French-speaking nations.


By the end of Key Stage 2, children will be able to:

  1. Listen attentively to spoken French and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  2. Explore the patterns and sounds of French through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  3. Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
  4. Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  5. Use accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  6. Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
  7. Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
  8. Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
  9. Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a French dictionary
  10. Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
  11. Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
  12. Understand basic grammar, including: feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of French; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

Languages knowledge and skills progression