Lesson 1: French transport language detectives

Children can use their language detective skills to recognise cognates and near cognates to help them figure out what new vocabulary might mean

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To be able to compare French with English and identify words which are cognates

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple English
  • Make comparisons with English


KS2 Framework objectives:

  • Identify phonemes which are the same as or different from English (O3.2)
  • Recognise how sounds are represented in written form (KAL)
  • Compare the language with English (LLS)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • French firsts – a timeline – Create a transport timeline by looking at a different pioneer of transport in France each week. It could make a display, a mini-book, a research project or even be a prompt for a piece of writing.  Did you know: in 218 BC, Hannibal travelled through France with his army of war elephants: they famously crossed the Pyrenees and Alps mountain ranges and some of the elephants were lost in the Battle of the Rhône Crossing.
  • Puzzles – Children can design their own puzzles (word searches, crosswords) using the new vocabulary.

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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