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Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1


The teaching focuses on spoken with an introduction to written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. Its focus is practical communication.


Pupils will be taught to:


  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others
  • Begin to speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are using familiar words and phrases
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally


Begin to have a basic understanding of grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.