Lesson 3: To have or have not in a French classroom

Asking the question 'Tu as un/une…?', children circulate around the room trying to guess classroom items their peers are hiding behind their backs, before playing the card game 'Happy school bag families'

Learning objective

  • To ask and answer a question about something you have or do not have

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand basic grammar (feminine, masculine and neuter forms) and how to apply it to build sentences
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions


KS2 Framework:

  • Ask and answer questions (O3.3)
  • Recognise question forms and negatives (KAL)
  • Remember a sequence of spoken words (O3.4)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: support by limiting the number of classroom items used to formulate phrases


Pupils working at greater depth: challenge to construct their own sentences independently, using the conjunctions ‘et‘ and ‘mais‘, using intonation to communicate meaning.


Wrapping up

During the week

  • Find excuses during the day to ask children for different items you need.
  • Have the mini cards available for use at break or other appropriate times. Encourage the children to design their own rules for new games and share them.
  • Don’t forget to keep practising your numbers – can you and the class count down from 12 to be ready? (It’s not so easy backwards!)

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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