Year 5 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 5, the expectation is that children will be able to:

Listening and Responding

  • understand longer passages made up of familiar language in simple sentences
  • identify the main points


  • hold a simple conversation with 3 exchanges
  • use their knowledge of grammar to adapt and substitute single words and phrases

Reading and Responding

  • understand a short story or factual text and note some of the main points
  • use context to work out unfamiliar words.


  • write a paragraph of around 3 simple sentences
  • adapt and substitute individual words and set phrases
  • use a dictionary or glossary to check words they have learnt