Using the KS2 Framework

The Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages sets out the rationale for language learning in primary schools and defines the skills, knowledge and understanding that children should develop as they begin their language learning apprenticeship.

The Framework is based on sound principles of primary pedagogy. It sets out learning objectives across five strands, Oracy, Literacy, Intercultural Understanding, Knowledge about Language and Language Learning Strategies. It is inclusive and for all children. It recognises that language is central to the development of individual identity and that education in language and culture plays a vital part in shaping the future of our world community.


Oracy includes listening and spoken interaction. Giving children plenty of opportunities to train the ear and accustom themselves to new and familiar sounds in the language they are learning is very important and provides a strong foundation for future progress. Children respond to sound patterns through songs, rhymes and stories. They recognise words and phrases and gradually engage in simple conversations.

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