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

Differentiation

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

Vocabulary

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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