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Modern Foreign Languages (French)

The Subject Leader for MFL (French) is Mrs. Ball


At Underwood, French is taught throughout Key Stage Two by the class teacher.


The children are taught the basic building blocks of the language, including grammar and vocabulary, and how to pronounce words and phrases properly. Other language skills they learn include how to listen carefully, how to ask and answer questions, how to start conversations and how to read texts for information.


Children are taught the skills they need to develop their learning: for example, they are taught how to memorise words and phrases and how to use dictionaries effectively. While learning the language, they also learn about the countries and cultures where the language is spoken. They learn to communicate with native speakers of the language and work with many materials.


They practise using the language in different types of situations: for example, talking with other pupils and with the teacher, writing letters and making phone calls, and reading for personal interest as well as for information.



                                                                                                                   FRENCH Progression KS 2

National curriculum breakdown

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6



Understand a few familiar spoken words and phrases – e.g.

  • teacher’s  instructions,
  • days of the week, 
  • a few words in a song,
  • colours, numbers.

Identify sounds in songs and rhymes, e.g. by clapping when a given sound is heard.

Enjoy listening to and speaking in the language.


Understand a range of familiar spoken phrases – e.g.

  • basic phrases concerning myself, my family and school

Respond to a clear model of language.

Listen for a given word or phrase in a French song/story

Recognise familiar words and phrases in a spoken story or poem.

Match sentences to pictures

Understand the main points from a spoken passage made up of familiar language – e.g.

  • short rhyme or song
  • basic telephone message
  • weather forecast

Understand the main points, including simple opinions, from a short spoken passage that contains some unfamiliar language.

Understand the main points and some of the detail from a short spoken passage – e.g.

  • sentences describing what people are wearing
  • an announcement

Understand the main points and some of the detail from a short spoken passage, including more complex phrases and sentences.


Say and/or repeat a few words and short simple phrases– e.g.

  • what the weather is like
  • naming classroom objects
  • answering the register
  • different ways of greeting people
  • saying a finger rhyme or song

Know how to pronounce some single letter sounds.

Imitate correct pronunciation with some success.

Answer simple questions and give basic information– e.g.

  • about the weather
  • brothers and sisters
  • pets

Learn by heart and sing a short song.

Find rhyming words in a song

Greet another child/adult.

Know how to pronounce all single letter sounds.

Show an awareness of sound patterns.

Be clearly understood.

Ask and answer simple questions– e.g.

  • taking part in an interview/survey about pets/favourite food
  • talking to a friend about hobbies

Talk about personal interests.

Know how to pronounce some letter strings.

Take part in a simple conversation.

Take part in a longer, continuous conversation.

Express an opinion.

Know how to pronounce a range of letter strings.

Begin to understand how accents change letter sounds.

Can substitute items of vocabulary to vary questions or statements.

Pronunciation is becoming more accurate and intonation is being developed.



Recognises and reads out a few familiar words or phrases – e.g.

  • from stories and rhymes
  • labels on familiar objects
  • the date

Use visual clues to help with reading.


Understands some familiar written phrases – e.g.

  • simple weather phrases
  • basic descriptions of objects
  • date

spot a noun/verb and an adjective in a sentence

Tell if a French text is a recipe, a letter or weather forecast


Understands the main point(s) from a short written text – e.g.

  • simple messages on a postcard/in an email

Match sound to print by reading aloud familiar words and phrases using knowledge of French phonics..

Use a book or glossary to find out the meanings of new words.

Use a bi-lingual dictionary to look up new words.

Understand the main points and some of the detail from a short written text which contains some unfamiliar language.

Begin to read independently.

Use a bilingual dictionary to look up new words.


Write or copy simple words and/or symbols correctly – e.g.

  • personal information such as age
  • numbers
  • colours
  • objects

Select appropriate words to complete short phrases or sentences.

Write one or two short sentences with support e.g. a model or fill in the words on a simple form – e.g.

  • shopping list
  • holiday greetings by email/postcard

Begin to spell some commonly used words correctly.

Use knowledge of French phonics to help spell unfamiliar words.

Write a few short sentences with support using words/phrases already learnt – e.g.

  • postcard
  • simple note or message
  • identity card

Adapt familiar written sentences to write new sentences by changing a few words.

Write a short text on a familiar topic, adapting language already learnt.


Spell commonly used words correctly.






Understand and respect that there are people and places in the world around me that are different to where I live and play.

Understand that some people speak a different language to my own.

Find France on a map


Identify similarities and differences in my culture to that of another.

Recognise some well-known French landmarks

Respect and understand cultural diversity.

Talk about celebrations in other cultures and know about aspects of daily life in other countries that are different to my own.

Talk about, discuss and present information about a particular country’s culture.

Understand how symbols, objects and pictures can represent a country.