Lesson 4: French finger rhymes

Children follow instructions in French to make finger puppets to perform a traditional rhyme and practise speaking in French.

Learning objective

  • To perform a finger rhyme in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes

KS2 Framework:

  • Perform finger rhymes (O3.1)
  • Listen attentively and understand instructions (O3.4)
  • Know some facts about one country, famous landmarks (IU3.3)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Call the register asking each child what their name is and how they are, and getting them to answer with, Je m’appelle … and ça va mal,  ça va très mal, ça va très bien, or ça va comme ci comme ça.
  • Turn the rhyme into a song (the tune of ‘Ten Green Bottles’ works well).
  • Find pictures from the link: ‘World festival of puppets’.

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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