Lesson 2: French habitats

Sentence spinners and Fastest finger first games help pupils learn habitat names in an engaging way, whilst building upon their knowledge of sentence structure

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To build sentences to describe where something lives or does not live

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Speak in sentences using basic language structures
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied


KS2 Framework:

  • Hear main word classes; recognise negative forms (KAL)
  • Read and understand simple messages (L3.1)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Design your own sentence spinners using other animals or habitats – don’t forget to add le, la or l’.
  • Habitat havoc – draw cartoons of animals in the wrong habitats and write about them, for example, Le singe habite dans la mer.
  • Challenge the class to create an animal alphabet in French, use the dictionary to help.

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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