French / Year 5 and 6 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise and apply features of intonation, pronunciation and writing conventions used in different types of texts and contexts

[Key concepts: listening discrimination, accuracy, fluency; Key processes: listening, reading, recognising]


  • recognising and using liaisons when appropriate, for example, les élèves, les petits enfants, joyeux anniversaire
  • understanding that the letter h is never pronounced and is referred to as a silent letter, for example, l’hôtel, l’herbe, heureux, habiter, le héros, la hache
  • understanding that the aigu -é at the end of a word is pronounced, unlike -e without an accent (for example, le passé, je passe; le soufflé, je souffle), and that other accents also change the sound of a letter, for example, the cédille (ç) softens the c sound (le garçon, la façon, le français)
  • recognising how pitch, stress and rhythm help to convey meaning even if individual words are unfamiliar, for example, J’ai eu très, très peur! D-o-u-c-e-m-e-n-t…
  • applying phonic and grammatical knowledge to spelling and writing unfamiliar words, for example, letter combinations such as -eau, -eur or -ette, and words involving two or more distinct vowel sounds, such as la voiture, important, le pompier, l’aspirateur, la ceinture
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Text types,  Pronunciation,  Intonation,  French language

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