Lesson 4: Reading French numbers

After counting to twelve and ordering numbers, children answer the question 'Il y a combien...?' and complete a differentiated activity, matching or drawing pictures and adding colour adjectives to number words

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise the numbers one to twelve, written in French
  • To identify French words which use the key phonemes

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop accurate pronunciation
  • Link the spelling, sound and meaning of words


KS2 Framework:

  • Make links between some phonemes, rhymes and spellings (L3.2)
  • Recognise how sounds are represented in written form (KAL)
  • Identify rhyming words (O3.1)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Think of items in the classroom that you can ask the children to count, using the question, Il y a combien?
  • Encourage the children to come up with different clapping/throwing/counting games in PE.
  • Display your train phonemes on the wall and ask the children to suggest words to add below which belong with the sound. There is a good discussion to be had here about the difference in sounds between English and French.

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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