Lesson 3: Compass points in French

Pupils learn the cardinal compass points and combine these with the weather phrases from Lessons 1 and 2 to make statements about what the weather is like, plotting the appropriate symbol, in the correct place, on a map of France.

Learning objective

  • To make statements about the weather and points of the compass

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; seek clarification and help
  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures



KS2 Framework objectives:

  • Use physical response to show recognition and understanding of specific words and phrases (O4.2)
  • Ask and answer questions on several topics (O4.4)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Play the Compass points directions game again as a PE warm up. Make it more challenging by teaching and then using the inter-cardinal compass points (see Teacher knowledge – language points).
  • Encourage the children to say longer sentences using compass points and et/mais. For example, Dans le nord il fait beau mais dans le sud il pleut.
  • Using a map of France or Europe, make a weather display with keywords and symbols learnt so far. If the items for display are laminated with velcro attached you could move the symbols for the children to describe the weather on the map. Alternatively, pupils can act as weather anchors and move the symbols as they choose – presenting a daily weather report.

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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