Lesson 3: Using shapes like the French artist, Matisse

Inspired by the animal collages of Matisse, children recognise written similarities between French and English nouns and learn to ask for something politely

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand and recognise what are cognates and near cognates
  • To give and receive instructions that include shape, size and colour vocabulary

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions
  • Present ideas and information orally
  • Broaden their vocabulary through using a dictionary


KS2 Framework:

  • Ask and answer questions (O3.3)
  • Remember a sequence of spoken words (O3.4)
  • Know some facts about the country (IU3.3)
  • Compare the language with English (LLS)
  • Recognise conventions of politeness (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Display the animal names and photos of their compositions – can the children find a picture to match each name?
  • Create your own giant Matisse art – ‘L’escargot’ is popular and easy to make with large squares of sugar paper.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Kapow Primary, 
Languages specialist