Lesson 3: Using shapes like the French artist, Matisse

Inspired by the animal collages of Matisse, children create compositions from coloured shapes they describe in French, recognise cognates and learn to ask for something politely.

Learning objective

  • To understand and recognise what are cognates and near cognates
  • To give and receive instructions that include shape, size and colour vocabulary

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Engage in conversations, ask and answer questions
  • Present ideas and information orally
  • Broaden their vocabulary through using a dictionary

KS2 Framework:

  • Ask and answer questions (O3.3)
  • Remember a sequence of spoken words (O3.4)
  • Know some facts about the country (IU3.3)
  • Compare the language with English (LLS)
  • Recognise conventions of politeness (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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.
  • Display the animal names and photos of the children’s compositions – can the children find a picture to match each name?
  • Create your own giant Matisse art – ‘L’escargot’ is popular and easy to make with large squares of sugar paper.

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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