Lesson 1: French greetings

With the help of finger puppets, children learn and practise the formal and informal greetings for hello - bonjour and salut; how to say goodbye - au revoir, and how to introduce themselves by saying what their name is - Je m’appelle.

Learning objective

  • To greet someone and introduce yourself 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:

  • Listen with care (O3.2)
  • Repeat words and phrases modelled by the teacher (O3.4)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

These are suggestions to remind the children of the French vocabulary they have learned in this lesson so they don’t forget everything before the next lesson:

  • Greet the children in the classroom, corridor or playground every day using Bonjour !
  • Get the children to use Bonjour or Salut to answer the register.
  • Make up a rap/song sequence of Bonjour, Salut, Au revoir – can they say it back, with gestures?
  • Keep your talk puppet handy in the classroom/role play area, in case the children think of other things they would like to say (or have found out from home).
  • Display on the classroom wall the speech bubbles from the Activity: Greetings speech bubbles and add any other language greetings as you collect them in class.

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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