Lesson 4: School bag detectives

With a focus on the written word, pupils read descriptions of items, matching them to the correct image then design and write about the contents of a school bag, using the appropriate article and plural endings

Before the lesson

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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

Attention grabber

Main event

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’ 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


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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