Lesson 2: Clothes and colours in French

Children play games, incorporating colour into their descriptions of clothing items, before putting into practice what they have learnt, matching or describing clothing items based on their colour

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To add colour adjectives, adapting the suffix in accordance with gender

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly


KS2 Framework

  • Read some familiar words and phrases aloud and pronounce them accurately (L 4.3)
  • Write simple words and phrases using a model and some words from memory (L 4.4)
  • Recognise and apply simple agreements, singular and plural (Yr4 KAL)

Success criteria

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Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up


  • Play Le pendu again.
  • Play the ‘Spelling die’ game in pairs:

Each child has a piece of paper with numbers 1-6 written on it. They write an item of clothing, in English, next to each number.

The children take it in turns to roll the die, and whatever number comes up indicates the word on that child’s list that they must try and spell from memory in French. Their partner checks the spelling, using a dictionary if necessary. If the word is correctly spelled, the word can be crossed off the list.  It is then the other child’s turn. Rolling a number that has already been rolled where the spelling was correct means the child misses a go. The winner is the first player to cross off all their words.

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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