Lesson 3: France and the countries of Europe

Learning and memorising names of European countries and how to say you live in a country, using the correct preposition, researching and creating a poster about a character living in that country, and writing statements about the music the character likes and instruments they play.

Learning objective

  • To research and write information about European countries in French

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing; speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures



KS2 Framework

  • L4.1 Read and understand a range of familiar written phrases
  • O4.4 Ask and answer questions on several topics



Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • In their groups, the children research the country location on a map, the flag and perhaps how to say hello/goodbye /please/thank you in the country’s language .
  • A possible Art project could be creating instruments out of cardboard to either play or mime playing.
  • If you are extending this lesson, the children could carry out more research and develop their posters.

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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