Key stage 2 framework for languages

The (Department for Children Schools and Families) DCSF non-statutory guidelines for teaching primary languages. The Framework provides comprehensive guidance and advice for teachers and leaders who will plan and deliver the Key Stage 2 entitlement to language learning.

The Framework has three parts: Parts 1 and 2, published October 2005, and Part 3, published April 2007. All three are available to download below:Key stage 2 framework for languages

Part 1 - Learning objectives (click to download)

Learning objectives that show progression over the four years of Key Stage 2, two 'cross-cutting' strands showing how KAL and LLS relate to these objectives, and some sample teaching activities.

Part 2 - Guidance on implementation (click to download)

Guidance for different audiences, including schools that are new to teaching languages and those building on current provision. 

Part 3 - Planning (click to download)

Detailed guidance on whole-school planning, and provides planning tools and detailed explanations of how to embed language learning through cross-curricular links.

More information on the KS2 Framework for Languages can be found on the DCSF National Strategies website.


Hard copies of the whole Framework can be ordered from DCSF Publications (quote reference: 00171-2007DOM-EN).

Useful guidance - aligning with the Framework for LiteracyDeveloping language in the primary school (DCSF, 2009)

Developing language in the primary school: Literacy and primary languages
(DCSF, June 2009)

Guidance on making links between primary languages and literacy. Intended for Primary literacy and language advisers and consultants, a key focus is examining how the objectives in the Primary Framework for Literacy align with those in the KS2 Framework for Languages.

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