Year 4 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 4, the expectation is that children will be able to:

Listening and Responding

  • understand short passages made up of familiar language
  • understand instructions, messages and dialogues within short passages
  • identify and note the main points and give a personal response on a passage


  • have a short conversation
  • use short phrases to give a personal response

Reading and Responding

  • read and understand short texts using familiar language
  • identify and note the main points and give a personal response
  • read sentences independently
  • use a bilingual dictionary to look up new words


  • write sentences on a familiar topic.
  • say what they like or dislike about a familiar topic, e.g. food