Lesson 4: School bag French detectives

With a focus on the written word, pupils read descriptions of school bag items, matching them to the correct images and noting the plural form of the nouns. They then design and write sentences about the contents of an imagined school bag, using the appropriate article and plural noun endings.

Learning objective

  • To read and understand short sentences
  • To create original sentences using a model sentence

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • Adapt phrases to create new sentences
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied and how these differ from or are similar to English

KS2 Framework:

  • Recognise some familiar words in written form (L3.1)
  • Read and understand simple messages (L3.1)
  • Compare the language with English (LLS)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: working in a group with an adult, who can read and scribe for the group so that children can focus on verbal recall.

Pupils working at greater depth:  challenge to use connectives and plurals and to place any adjectives of colour and size in the correct position within their sentences.

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Use page 3 of the Activity: What’s in the bag? for children to design their own ‘what’s in the bag’ logic puzzles.
  • For display – write large labels attached to clear plastic bags pinned to the wall and see if children can add in the correct equipment (or use mini cards for display).
  • Don’t forget to use your classroom instructions. A quick game of ‘Jacques a dit’ will warm you up for a French lesson, or end the day with a bit of French.

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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