Lesson 1: Follow the French teacher

Children learn to recognise the imperative mood by learning common classroom instructions through games including, 'Répétez si c'est vrai', Kim's game, a word and action matching game and 'Jacques a dit !' - the French version of ‘Simon says’; they also consider some of the differences between schools in the UK and schools in France.

Learning objective

  • To understand and respond to simple classroom instructions

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases


KS2 Framework:

  • Listen attentively and understand instructions (O3.4)
  • Speak clearly and confidently (O3.2)
  • Identify and read simple words (L3.1)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:  will require either peer or adult support to recall and pronounce vocabulary.

Pupils working at greater depth: can be challenged to recall and pronounce instructions independently and with increasing speed and accuracy.

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Get the children to design some bossy signs for the classroom.
  • Play bossy tennis pairs game: take it in turns to ‘bat’ an instruction word to your partner. To return the serve, the partner ‘bats’ back a different instruction, there must be no repetition. The loser of the rally is the first person to run out of original instruction words.

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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