Milton Park Primary School

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Progression of Skills

          Progression of skills across key stage 2                 














listen and understand some key nouns

listen and understand short phrases on familiar themes

listen and understand sentences containing some unfamiliar words

listen and understand longer sentences

listen and respond using actions

listen and pick out key information

listen and note key words and information

listen to longer texts and note key points

communicate using simple words or phrases

communicate using a few phrases

eg.  weather in French

communicate using   phrases

 ‘have a go’ - give information on a topic using simple sentences

ask for help or clarification



ask and answer simple questions

ask and answer familiar questions

ask and answer questions and listen and respond to class instructions

ask and answer a wider range of questions and respond to instructions

start to understand that letters make different sounds in a different language copy pronunciation carefully

gaining more understanding of sounds accurately pronounce some new words

has a wider understanding of  sounds and can say sounds more confidently, pronounce some new words independently

Gaining confidence in accurate pronunciation and intonation


present some key personal information

present some personal information with a wider familiar phrases

 prepare a longer presentation on ourselves

present a topic using longer                                sentences


understand opinions

ask for and give opinions

ask for and give an opinion







read and understand a short list of nouns

read and understand nouns and phrases



read and understand longer sentences

read and begin to understand, with support, a range of texts

join in with stories, songs, poems and rhymes

read and understand familiar stories, songs, poems and rhymes

follow the text of a story, rhyme or story and read

understand the gist of an unfamiliar text

use the French word banks

use the French word banks to find meanings

Use the French and English dictionary to find meanings

use the bilingual dictionary to assist understanding and to check spellings

 start to spot text type and use visual clue

Use text  and visual clues to help understand a simple  text, understand the term “cognate”

Use text type  and visual clues to help understand a range of texts

understand the term “cognate” / “near cognate”

use de-coding techniques including context to help understand the gist of an unfamiliar text




accurately copy basic words

accurately copy and adapt simple phrases

accurately copy and adapt sentences using a model, use a dictionary to check spelling

adapt sentences. Use a bilingual dictionary to check spelling and to develop and extend writing

write a few words from memory

write basic simple sentences from memory

write simple sentences from memory

write sentences from memory with understandable accuracy

translate single words

translate some key phrases

Translate a few basic sentences from memory

translate longer sentences

uses simple memory techniques to learn spelling

uses memory techniques to help learn spelling and meaning

Using memory techniques to help learn spelling, meaning and gender

Uses more memory techniques to help learn longer phrases and sentences.




recognise gender of nouns le / la start to understand singular and plural nouns

start to use the definitive article – le/la/les

un, une

recognise that gender impacts sentences

From text recognise key grammatical features

can name some basic adjectives

recognise that adjectives can change word order

Be aware of agreement and word order for colour and size adjectives

Use adjectives of size and colour correctly

use present tense key verbs in first person

use some simple present tense verbs

use a present tense verbs

start to conjugate simple verbs in the present tense

develop awareness of simple sentence

Recognise and simple negative

conjugate a present tense irregular verb “aller” – understand concept of present tense

start to understand the concept of “present tense” and “past tense”