Key Concepts and Key Skills

Hillfort Specific
Cultural Isolation
Have the opportunity to experience listening to a different language. Help children to understand what it is to be a global citizen. This includes the importance of tolerance and understanding. Learning a language is ‘a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.’ (DFE: September 2013)
Linguistic progression and developing children’s self-confidence and subject knowledge in order to converse with one another.
Concepts ‘The Pillars of progression’
Grammar (progression of)
Present simple tense and present continuous tense
Simple future tense and future continuous tense
Develop the use of nouns, verbs, pronouns, conjunctions, adjectives and articles.
High-frequency words
(nouns, adjectives, conjunctions and verbs)
Clear and reliable pronunciation and the links between sounds and spelling are integral parts of second language learning.
Focus on the meaning-bearing sounds and how the phonemes are written and how the written word is pronounced.
Transferable skills
These include the following:
Continuing to develop speaking and listening skills, gaining a better understanding of the English language (by looking at the etymology of some French words) and having a greater understanding of linguistic structures and grammar as well as continuing to develop the children’s skills of reading (and reading for understanding) as well as writing.
Speaking and Listening
Make connections between what the children hear and the written word.
To develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.
To develop the skills of conversing with one another.
Reading for Understanding
When the children read the French words and phrases (and later, the sentences) they will have heard the pronunciation and have built up their knowledge of vocabulary over time in order to aid their understanding of what they have read.
Ensuring that vocabulary is remembered over time
At the beginning of each lesson, focus on the ‘Wordbank Flashcards’ section which enables children to revise key words in previous and current units.
At the end of each lesson, focus on the ‘Storyboard’ section which consolidates the lesson.
Complete ‘The Challenge’ at the end of each
unit as an assessment.
To orally construct a sentence before writing it.
To write words, phrases and sentences in French.
By the end of Year 6, children should be able to write a letter/email to a class member or a peer in the French-speaking school which they have made links with.