Lesson 3: How old are you in French?

Children read 'Amelie’s Letter', looking for clues to help them decipher it's meaning and learn to ask 'Tu as quel âge?' and reply with 'J’ai ... ans'

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To use number words to give more information about ourselves

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing


KS2 Framework:

  • Speak clearly and confidently (O3.1)
  • Use the context of what they see to determine some of the meaning (LLS)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Write a note back to Amelie. What other sentences could they ‘steal’ and adapt to write about themselves?
  • Design your own magnificent birthday cake, iced with your name and a sentence to say how old you are (you can use digits for numbers here).
  • Use numbers and colours in French for all your PE activities this week.

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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