Lesson 1: Let's count in French

Children learn the numbers one to six and play the traditional French board game 'jeu de l’oie'

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To count in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding


KS2 Framework objectives:

  • Recognise and respond to words (O3.2)
  • Use physical response to show understanding (O3.4)
  • Identify social conventions (IU3.3)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Include French number sentences in your maths starters.
  • While tidying or lining up, give the class a countdown from six to one in French (and even add ‘zéro’).
  • Give the children the Activity: jeu de l’oie grid, which is blank, so they can design their own game. They could add quiz questions, famous places in France, or even have a Tour de France theme.

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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