Lesson 2: French weather rap

Children consolidate their learning of weather phrases by learning and performing a weather rap and by playing the French version of 'Simon says...' using the mimes they learnt in Lesson 1.

Learning objective

  • To learn a weather rap

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words



KS2 Framework objectives:

  • Learn and say several sentences on a topic (O4.1)
  • Listen for sounds, rhyme and rhythm (O4.3)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Listen to the following poem in French on link: ‘Green Mouse -Winter in French for Children’ on VideoLink and encourage the children to listen out for words that they recognise.
  • Play the ‘Jacques a dit‘ game to practise weather phrases.
  • Continuing asking the class each day, Quel temps fait-il aujourd’hui ? – What’s the weather like today?  Give the children alternatives if they struggle to recall the phrase they need.
  • Play Touchez!:
    • Split the class into two teams and display the weather symbols on the interactive whiteboard using the final slide of the Presentation: Weather phrases.
    • One player from each team goes head to head.
    • The teacher calls out a weather phrase and the first player to touch the correct picture wins a point.
  • If you haven’t already done so, make a class dynamic wall display using weather symbols and phrases to record the weather each day of the week and get the children to revise the days of the week, the words aujourd’hui – today and hier – yesterday

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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