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Knowledge, Skills and Understanding breakdown for

Foreign Languages

 

Using the Languages Ladder

 

 

 

 

 

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Grade 1

 

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Do they understand a few

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Can they say and repeat

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Can they recognise and

 

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Can they write or copy

 

 

 

 

familiar spoken words and

 

single words in short and

 

read out a few familiar

 

 

simple words or symbols

 

 

 

 

phrases?

 

simple phrases?

 

words and phrases?

 

 

correctly?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early

Grade2

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Do they understand a

-

Can they answer simple

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Can they understand and

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Can they write one or two

 

 

range of familiar spoken

 

questions and give basic

 

read out familiar written

 

 

short sentences to a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage

 

 

 

phrases?

 

information?

 

phrases?

 

 

model?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

Can they fill in the words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on a simple form?

 

Grade3

 

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Do they understand the

-

Can they ask and answer

-

Can they understand the

 

-

Can they write a few short

 

 

 

main points from a short

 

simple questions and talk

 

main points from a short

 

 

sentences with support,

 

 

 

 

spoken passage made up

 

about their interests?

 

written text in clear printed

 

 

using expressions which

 

 

 

 

of familiar language?

 

 

 

script?

 

 

have already been

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

learnt?

 

 

 

Should be able to understand a

Should be able to use basic

Should be able to understand a

 

Should be able to use a basic

 

 

 

basic range of everyday

range of everyday expression

basic range of everyday

 

range of everyday expressions

 

 

 

expressions relating to personal

relating to personal details and

expressions relating to personal

 

relating to personal details and

 

 

 

details and needs. May need to

needs. Pronunciation may not

details and needs. Should have

 

needs. Spelling may not always

 

 

 

listen several times to get the

always be completely accurate

some understanding of a few

 

be completely accurate but

On completing the

 

information needed, depending

but meaning will be clear. Should

simple grammatical structures

 

meaning will be clear. Should be

 

how fast the speaker talks. Should

be able to understand and use a

and sentence patterns. Should

 

able to understand and use a

early stage

 

 

 

 

 

have some understanding of a

few simple grammatical

be familiar with the writing system

 

few simple grammatical

 

 

 

few simple grammatical

structures and sentence patterns.

of the language. Should be

 

structures and sentence patterns.

 

 

 

structures and sentence patterns.

Should be familiar with the sound

aware of how to address people

 

Should be familiar with the writing

 

 

 

Should be familiar with the sound

system of the language. Should

both formally and informally as

 

system of the language. Should

 

 

 

system of the language. Should

be aware of how to address

appropriate.

 

be aware of how to address

 

 

 

be aware how to address people

people both formally and

 

 

 

people both formally and

 

 

 

both formally and informally as

informally as appropriate.

 

 

 

informally as appropriate.

 

 

 

appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade

 

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Do they understand the

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Can they take part in a

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Can they understand the

 

-

Can they write a short text

 

 

 

main points and some of

 

simple conversation and

 

main points and some

 

 

on a familiar topic,

 

4

 

 

the detail from a spoken

 

express their own

 

detail from short written

 

 

adapting language which

Prelim

 

 

passage made up of

 

opinions?

 

texts in familiar contexts?

 

 

they have already

 

 

 

familiar language in

 

 

 

 

 

 

learned?

Stage

 

 

 

simple sentences?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade

 

-

Do they understand the

-

Can they give a short

-

Can they understand the

 

-

Can they write a short text

 

 

 

 

 

 

main points and opinions

 

prepared talk, on a topic

 

main points and opinions

 

 

on a range of familiar

 

5

 

 

in spoken passages made

 

of their choice, including

 

in written texts from various

 

 

topic, using simple

 

 

 

up of familiar material

 

expressing their opinions?

 

contexts?

 

 

sentences?

 

 

 

 

from various contexts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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