Lesson 5: The water cycle in French

Through a practical activity that explains the water cycle, children use cognates and near cognates to describe the process in French, then demonstrate their understanding by drawing and labelling a diagram of the water cycle.

Learning objective

  • To understand the water cycle in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material



KS2 Framework objectives:

  • Write simple words using a model (L4.4)
  • Listen attentively and understand instructions (O3.4)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Continue to monitor the water cycle plastic bags during the week and encourage the children to use the correct words in French.
  • Look at a more detailed French water cycle for French schoolchildren using the link: ‘USGS: The water cycle for schools – French’. Can the children work out from the images, words and cognates what other more complex processes there are in the water cycle? Use a bilingual dictionary to support this.

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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