Lesson 3: Months of the year in French

Learning the months of the year in French through song, using the internet to research in which months various French festivals fall.

Learning objective

  • To say the months of the year

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary



KS2 Framework

  • Ask and answer questions on several topics (O4.4 )
  • 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)
  • Learn about festivals and celebrations in different cultures (IU4.1)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Continue researching French festivals and completing the table of festivals and months from the ‘Main event’.
  • Children conduct a survey around the class to find out when everyone’s birthday is. Which is the most popular month? The results could be turned into a graph.
  • Give the children a piece of coloured sugar paper cut into the shape of a balloon. They write their birthday on the balloon – Mon anniversaire c’est le _____ _____. This will make a colourful wall display. The children can attach a string to their ‘balloon’.
  • Start decorating carnival masks ready for ‘French, Year 4, French numbers, calendars and birthdays, Lesson 5: Celebrating a French birthday’.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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