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In Year 3, the children are introduced to the basics of the French language (greetings, numbers, colours etc.) with an emphasis on how to remember new language. The focus is predominantly on the listening and speaking skills at this stage and on building confidence and a “have-a-go” attitude.


In Year 4, the children revise and build on their previously learnt language. There is a strong focus on cultural awareness and the acquisition of skills for decoding unknown language. The children gain strategies to assist them in developing their reading skills and they are increasingly encouraged to produce their own language both orally and written.


In Year 5, grammatical structures are introduced more formally and the children are encouraged to “adopt and adapt” the language that they encounter. More sophisticated terminology is used and the children produce written work more independently. They also learn how to use a bilingual dictionary.




In Year 6, the children switch to Spanish in order to give them a taste of a second modern foreign language before moving on to secondary school. They identify and explore differences and similarities between different languages and cultures, including their own. The grammatical terminology used increases, particularly in light of the new SPAG requirements. They gain an idea of what it will be like to learn a language in a secondary environment and acquire increasingly transferable language skills.