Lesson 3: Where do adjectives go in French?

Children recap adjectival position and agreement with adjectives of colour and size and acquire some additional clothing-related vocabulary.

Learning objective

  • To understand adjectival position and agreement for gender and number

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine (…)


KS2 Framework

  • Recognise and apply simple agreements, singular and plural (Yr4 KAL)
  • Apply phonic knowledge of the language to support reading and writing Yr (4 KAL)
  • Listen for specific words and phrases – identify an object or picture by its description (O4.2)
  • Read and understand a range of familiar written phrases (L4.1)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Make a display board for all the new clothing vocabulary in this unit.
  • Give out the Red Herring Cards, and get the children to create their own phrases using the clothing words they have learnt, initially practising speaking and then writing on mini whiteboards.
  • Do the Matching descriptions exercise if not done in the lesson.
  • Play the Promenons-nous dans les bois game, acting it out. You can have several people taking turns playing the wolf, mentioning a different item of clothing each. If you have space, play this as a running game. When the wolf is fully dressed he (or she) shouts J’arrive (I’m coming) and chases the children. If one is caught they can become the next wolf.
  • Watch the link: ‘BBC Bitesize – Not again Farley! – Clothes’.  To encourage active listening, ask the children to write down any French words they hear.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simone Haughey,  
Languages specialist
Previously a generalist Primary teacher for 12 years, Simone now specialises in Languages. She is MFL Consultant and Languages Teacher at Robin Hood Primary. Her work with Mandarin Chinese led to the IoE Confucius Institute for Schools awarding her school with Confucius…
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