Lesson 2: French greetings - day and night

Children learn the appropriate greetings, bonjour, bonsoir, bonne nuit, to use for the different times of day and night.

Learning objective

  • To use the correct French greeting for the time of day

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand and respond to written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language

 DfE KS2 Framework:

  • Perform simple communicative tasks (O3.3)
  • Recognise some familiar words in written form (L3.1)
  • Experiment with the writing of simple words (L3.3)

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:

  • Use the passing/throwing exercise from the Attention grabber as a warm-up for your PE lesson.
  • Cover/jumble up different letters on the bubbles each day – can the children spot which letters are missing?
  • Create a class book of bedtime sayings in English/French with children’s illustrations using the smiley face and Day and night speech bubbles.
  • Challenge the class to teach their parents/siblings to say goodnight with a French pet name.
  • Share the storybook again, or browse the online library for other picture books.

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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