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Progression in Foreign Languages

Progression in Foreign Language knowledge, concepts and skills

Year 3/4

Year 5/6



speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures


Name and describe people, a place and an object.


Have a short conversation, saying 3 to 4 things.


Give response using a short phrase.


Start to speak, using a full sentence.


Hold a simple conversation with at least 4 exchanges.


Use knowledge of grammar to speak correctly.




develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases


Read and understand a short passage using familiar language.


Explain the main points in a short passage.


Read a passage independently.


Use a bilingual dictionary or glossary to look up new words





Understand a short story or factual text and note the main points.


Use the context to work out unfamiliar words.




broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary


Write phrases from memory.


Write 2-3 short sentences on a familiar topic.


Write what they like/dislike about a familiar topic


Write a paragraph of 4-5 sentences.


Substitute words and phrases.