Lesson 1: French animal nouns and sounds

Children use their dictionary skills to develop their animal vocabulary in French, understanding masculine and feminine nouns and how this affects their preceding article

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To research a new noun in French and determine its gender

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including feminine, masculine and neuter forms
  • Broaden vocabulary using a dictionary


KS2 Framework:

  • Pronounce accurately commonly used letter strings (L3.2)
  • Write new words (LLS)
  • Identify specific sounds, phonemes and words (LLS)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Play Link: ‘Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the animals’ , on SafeShare.TV Can the children guess which animal is which?
  • Have a competition to add more animals to the list during the week – will there be more ‘boys’ or ‘girls’?
  • Try out this French homophone tongue twister:

Le ver vert va vers le verre vert – The green worm goes towards the green glass.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Belinda Dean,  
Languages specialist
Belinda is a French and Spanish teacher as well as a trainer for Network for Languages at Bath Spa University for the last seven years, delivering courses for teachers and PGCE students, and Expert Centre co-ordinator for the Global Learning…
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