French / Year 3 and 4 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Notice differences between simple spoken, written and multimodal French texts used in familiar contexts, and compare with similar texts in English.

[Key concepts: mode, medium, language features; Key processes: noticing, comparing, describing, explaining]


  • noticing and applying features of familiar types of texts such as greetings, requests, weather reports or recipes through activities such as ‘genre-swapping’; that is, transferring features associated with one genre to a different one, for example, greetings that sound like announcements (Attention, Madame, comment-allez vous!) or weather reports that read like recipes (Un litre de pluie, six nuages…)
  • recognising how different textual elements combine to make meaning (for example, the images, font and script of a web page; the layout, title and illustrations in a picture book; the highlighting of names, dates and times on an invitation), and copying and creating templates to store as learning resources
  • analysing features of simple spoken and written texts in French, such as a verbal greeting or a written postcard (noting, for example, the sequencing of the message, terms of address and ways of signing off), and comparing with similar texts in English
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Text types,  French language

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