Lesson 3: On the road in France

Using stimulating images, children spot different modes of transport in city scenes before creating a short paragraph to describe a scene

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To be able to adapt, ask and answer questions about a picture prompt

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly


KS2 Framework objectives:

  • Ask and answer questions (O3.3)
  • Speak clearly and confidently (O3.2)
  • Identify social conventions at home and in other cultures (IU3.3)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • French firsts – a timeline – in 1909, Louis Blériot became the first person to complete a cross-Channel flight in a monoplane. The flight took 37 minutes.
  • The children could undertake a traffic survey outside school or in the car park.
  • Use a map or atlas to measure the distance between Calais and Dover. Research to compare the difference in journey times by other transport types (ferry, tunnel, etc).

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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