Lesson 1: French greetings

Using puppets, children learn the greetings 'bonjour', 'salut' and 'au revoir', and to introduce themselves using 'Je m’appelle...'

Before the lesson

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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

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Greet the children in the classroom, corridor or playground every day using Bonjour!
  • Use Bonjour and Salut to answer the register.
  • Make up a rap/song sequence of Bonjour and Salut – can they say it back, with gestures?
  • Keep your talk puppet handy in the classroom/role play area, in case they 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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