Year 3 French (Languages)

National Curriculum Expectations for the end of Key Stage 2:

Children should be able to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • 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, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

At Gayton, by the end of Year 3, the expectation is that children will be able to:

Listening and Responding

  • understand basic classroom instructions
  • understand short statements
  • understand simple questions
  • understand clearly spoken speech
  • understand a range of familiar questions
  • understand a range of familiar statements


  • answer with a single word or short phrase
  • give short and simple responses to what they see and hear
  • name and describe people, places and objects
  • use set phrases

Reading and Responding

  • read and understand a single word and short phrases
  • read aloud single words and phrases
  • use books and glossaries to find out the meaning of new words


  • copy single words correctly
  • label items
  • choose the right word to complete a phrase
  • choose the correct words to complete a sentence
  • copy a short familiar phrase
  • write set phrases we use in class