French / Foundation to Year 2 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise and reproduce the sounds and rhythms of spoken French, noticing how they are produced and how they are represented in words and symbols

[Key concepts: pitch, stress, intonation, letters, pronunciation; Key processes: listening, distinguishing, reading, recognising]


  • building phonic awareness by recognising and experimenting with sounds and rhythms, focusing on those that are novel and initially difficult such as u (tu), r (très rapide) and -ion (attention!)
  • listening closely to distinguish between sounds such as bon, bien and beau or chien, chat and champ
  • understanding that intonation patterns create different meanings, as in the distinction between statements, questions and exclamations (Tu as six ans. Tu as six ans? Tu as six ans!)
  • developing pronunciation, phrasing and intonation skills by singing, reciting and repeating words and phrases in context
  • becoming familiar with the French alphabet, noticing similarities and differences to English, for example, double-v, i-grec, and the possible confusion between g and j
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Pronunciation,  Intonation,  Stress (Speech),  French language

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