Lesson 2: How shall we travel in France?

What’s a fun way of getting to grips with sentence structure while incorporating new vocabulary? Through song!

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To be able to make changes to simple phrases and perform a song to an audience

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences


KS2 Framework objectives:

  • Sing songs (O3.1)
  • Repeat words and phrases modelled by the teacher/remember a sequence of spoken words (O3.4)
  • Use actions and rhymes to aid memorisation (LLS)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • French firsts – a timeline In 1783, after several attempts, the Montgolfier brothers launched the first free flight hot air balloon over Paris. The balloon reached 3,000 feet and flew for 25 minutes.  Une montgolfière is commonly used as the word for a hot air balloon in France.
  • Children can design and decorate their own hot air balloons using French colour words in a calligram style, in papier mâché, or tissue paper collage.
  • Allow pairs/small groups to put together the transport word puzzle pieces. Time who are the quickest puzzle solvers.

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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