Lesson 2: Days of the week in French

Children learn the days of the week in French to the tune of ‘Camptown Races’ and the vocabulary for yesterday, tomorrow and today so they can describe their week and then make a lift-the-flap week planner, practising their French cursive handwriting.

Learning objective

  • To say the days of the week in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing



KS2 Framework

  • Listen for sounds rhythm and rhyme, identify specific sounds O 4.2
  • Know about some aspects of everyday life and compare them to their own IU 4.2
  • Write simple phrases using a model L 4.4

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Each morning, write the French day of the week next to the English date so the children to become familiar with the words.
  • Play the game on Link: ”Months and days game’
  • Read the book, ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle in French or play the link: on VideoLink; get the children to listen out for the days of the week mentioned.
  • Practise some French cursive writing using the paper that you can download from this link,‘Marxmars: Printable French ruled paper’); it is similar to the squared paper found in the exercise books children in France use

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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