As from Sept 2014, the statutory requirement for primary languages states that by the end of KS2, children should be able 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; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic 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.

There is no test.

Teachers are expected to be able to monitor and show their children are making progress.

So how to monitor and measure progress? Here are some of my thoughts, which include reference to the progress in the (old) KS2 Framework for Languages strands and to the (old) National Curriculum levels 1-4:


  • Download an excel sheet (4 pages, one each for years 3 to 6 inclusive) based on the KS2 Framework objectives with can do statements similar to traffic light system and easy for children to self-assess.
KS2 MFL selfassess.xls
KS2 MFL selfassess.xls
KS2 MFL selfassess.xls
  • Download sets of stickers in the style of targeteer (Superstickers) (see rig One sheet per child covers every Framework objective and links in the appropriate NC level - you can see at a glance who has done/not done what by how many stickers they have left:


In Hiltingbury Junior School we use an adapted version of these to link with the language we have agreed on with our linked Secondary school

  • Make sure you have the section from part 3 of the Key Stage 2 Framework for languages which is about assessment.
  • Download a copy of the European Junior Language Portfolio with teachers notes, which is a European Union initiative linked to the Languages Ladder.