Lesson 1: Learning numbers 1-31 in French

Children learn the French for numbers 1-31 and use this vocabulary to complete mathematical calculations.

Learning objective

  • To learn the numbers to 31 and do maths calculations in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing



KS2 Framework

  • Read some familiar words and phrases aloud and pronounce them accurately (L4.3)
  • Write simple words and phrases using a model and some words from memory (L4.4)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Give each child a number one to 31 in the order of the register. When you take the register, get the children to say their number in French when you call their name.


  • Play ‘Fizz Buzz’. The children stand in a circle and pass round a toy or a ball, counting in French from un – one to trente-et-un – thirty-one.  If the number is a multiple of two say ‘Fizz’ or if the number is a multiple of five say ‘Buzz’. If the number is a multiple of two and five, say ‘FizzBuzz’. There are lots of variations of this game to suit mathematical ability.


  • Play ‘Shoot the Sheriff’:

Put the class into groups of 5 or 6. These could be differentiated groups based on maths and/or French language ability.

Starting with Group 1, have each person in the group standing in a circle.

The teacher calls out a mathematical operations question, which should be of an appropriate level for the group.

The first child to answer correctly (in French) sits down and ‘shoots’ down another member of their group who also sits down.

Play continues until one person is left standing in each group. These then play the final round together.


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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