Lesson 2: Let’s count higher

Children learn the numbers six to twelve and the French song '1, 2, 3 Nous irons au bois' before practising counting out of sequence in preparation for playing the game lotto

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To count beyond six in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language


KS2 Framework objectives:

  • Perform finger rhymes and sing songs (O3.1)
  • Use actions and rhymes to aid memorisation (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Make and display the numbers one to twelve on large red circles or balloons, to hang like cherries.
  • Make an earworm of the song on the Link: ‘French counting song: Nous irons au bois’ on SafeShare.TV’: hum the tune while the children are lining up, or during transition times.
  • Write the numbers up on the board in a 3 x 3 grid to make a noughts and crosses board. Teams win the square by naming the number.
  • Answer the register by counting one to twelve.

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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