Lesson 2: Musical genres in French

Children practise their French listening skills and learn how to ask and answer questions about their opinions, likes and dislikes of different musical genres, using their skills to conduct a class survey.

Learning objective

  • To say what kind of music you like

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others


KS2 Framework:

  • O4.4 Ask and answer questions on several topics



Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Practice the song and dance for Sur le Pont d’Avignon.
  • Play some music excerpts from different genres and ask the children, C’est quel genre de musique ? – What type of music is it? Try to include la musique jazz and la musique folklorique (jazz and folk music) and ask the children what instruments they can hear.
  • Watch the link: ‘Teachers’ TV: Primary French – La musique et les instruments’ on VideoLink again and listen for other musical terminology, for example, un allegro (an allegro, which is a piece of music that is fast and lively) and une sonatine (a sonatina, which is a small sonata).

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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