Lesson 4: French finger rhymes

Based on a traditional rhyme, children make finger puppets to perform the rhyme in pairs

Before the lesson

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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

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Turn the rhyme into a song (the tune of ‘Ten Green Bottles’ works well).
  • Find pictures from the World Puppet Festival,which is held biannually in Charleville-Mezières

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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