Progression of Skills

Progression of skills

All planning and assessment for learning is firmly based upon the National Curriculum objectives for Key Stage 2 (see below), ensuring appropriate coverage of knowledge and skills throughout the year groups. Language structures are frequently re-visited in different contexts thereby promoting connections in children’s understanding which deepens over time.


The topics and programme of study are reviewed regularly to ensure progression of skills builds on prior learning throughout the child’s time at Broughton. Topics have been chosen which are relevant to them and for possible practical ‘holiday’ or conversation use.

At Key Stage 1, as in natural language acquisition, emphasis is given to the skills of listening and speaking.

National Curriculum objectives for Key Stage 2

  • 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
  • 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, including: gender forms, conjugation of high frequency verbs; key features & patterns of the language: how to apply these to build sentences and how they differ from English