Lesson 2: Sizes and shapes in French

Learning French words for shapes and size adjectives; matching descriptive captions to corresponding images and completing a tangram puzzle.

Learning objective

  • To describe shapes by their size and colour

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Present ideas and information orally
  • Use basic language structures
  • Begin to understand basic grammar (placement of adjectives)


KS2 Framework:

  • Recall, retain and use vocabulary (O3.3)
  • Read and understand simple messages (O3.1)
  • Notice the spelling of familiar words (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Continue practising your greetings and feelings vocabulary from ‘French, Year 3, French greetings with puppets’ as you take the register at each end of the day.
  • Go outdoors! Take water and brushes or chalk out to the playground and call out different shapes for the children to draw, or get them to make human shapes by holding hands in groups.
  • Make your Maths or Early Morning Starter a French shape challenge.
  • Use the Presentation: Les formes for a fast finger or true/false game board.
  • Separate and label the tangram pieces for an interactive display on your Maths board.

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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