Lesson 5: French food - le menu

After reading and unpicking authentic French texts, children design and create their very own menus and take part in a food tasting activity

Before the lesson


  • Teacher video: French food – le menu
Teacher video: French food - le menu


  • Presentation: Key vocabulary and pronunciation


Presentation: Key vocabulary and pronunciation

Open in presentation mode and click on the dots to hear sound recordings in French

Have ready

  • Presentation: Le menu


  • Activity: Le menu (see Classroom resources) – one per child
  • Activity: Le café conversation (see Classroom resources)

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Activity: Le café conversation
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Activity: Le menu
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Learning objective

  • To role play a café conversation
  • To create a French menu based on authentic texts

National curriculum

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
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing


 KS2 Framework:

  • O4.2 Listen for specific words and phrases
  • O4.4 Ask and answer questions on several topics
  • L4.1 Match phrases and short sentences to pictures
  • Y3 KAL Recognise question forms and negatives

Success criteria

  • I can ask and respond to full questions
  • I can recognise that different texts (menus/recipes) will have the same conventions of style and layout
  • I can use a range of strategies to understand an unfamiliar text

Cross-curricular links

  • Nothing relevant to this lesson

Attention grabber


Display the Presentation: Le menu.



Presentation: Le menu

Show on your interactive whiteboard

Go through the slides 2-9 to allow the children to see authentic examples of menus from French restaurants.

Set children the challenge of working out different items on the menus and discussing the strategies that they use.

Depending on the time you have, you may want to give them the opportunity to look for certain words using a bilingual dictionary to help translate more dishes.

Ask children what they would order.

You may want to show some menus from the top restaurants in Paris.

Main event

This lesson could be conducted in various ways, including by serving real French food that is shared in the class or perhaps with parents. If you choose to serve real French food, you may need parents to have returned the food allergy letters referred to in ‘Year 4 French food – Miam Miam!Lesson 4: French food’.



Give each child a copy of the Activity: Le menu and explain they will be creating their own French menu based on the vocabulary they have learnt so far, listing at least 15 items and their prices in euros (€). They will organise their food and drink into categories, using the vocabulary they have learnt, such as: les entrées (starters), les plats principaux (main courses), les boissons (drinks), les desserts (desserts).



Children have become familiar with plenty of vocabulary related to food, and they can also use French-English or online dictionaries for other food and drinks words that they may wish to add to their menu.

When the children have completed their menu, get them to evaluate each other’s menus with the peer assessment grid in the Activity: Le menu.


Wrapping up

Check that all the children have returned their food allergy letter if you need one and are serving real food.

Children visit each other’s cafés and order from the menu using the café conversation they looked at earlier in the topic. Explain that when ordering in France there are many ways of asking and answering and that it won’t be exactly like the conversation they have learnt.

This lesson could be a good opportunity to invite parents into the languages classroom with children acting as café staff, taking orders for food from their menus, and possibly serving the parents with real or pretend food.

During the week

  • Children share something they have eaten that day, in French.
  • Draw the cafe that their menu is from, with plates of food on tables reflecting the items on the menu.
  • The children can try French cursive handwriting.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Using strategies to understand a familiar text as well as asking and responding to questions found in a café conversation.

Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Using a range of different strategies to understand unfamiliar texts, including their understanding of related texts they may have seen in English. Using accurate pronunciation when asking or responding to full questions in a café conversation.


To hear how these words sound in French, see Presentation: Key vocabulary and pronunciation.

  • le menu - the menu

  • un hors d’oeuvre - a starter

  • un plat principal - a main course

  • le dessert - the dessert

  • la soupe - the soup

  • la pizza - the pizza

  • le hot-dog - the hotdog

  • le hamburger - hamburger

  • le croissant - the croissant

  • la baguette - the baguette

  • un Coca Cola - a Coca Cola

  • une limonade - a lemonade

  • un jus d’orange - an orange juice

  • Bonjour je voudrais une table pour deux personnes. - Hello, I would like a table for two people.

  • Oui monsieur/mademoiselle/madame. Voilà! - Yes sir/miss/madam. Here you are!

  • Qu’est-ce que vous voulez manger? - What would you like to eat?

  • Vous désirez une boisson? - Would you like a drink?

  • Je voudrais - I would like

  • Merci - Thank you

  • J’aime - I like

  • Je n’aime pas - I don’t like

  • Excellent - excellent

  • Super - super

  • Bien joué - well done

  • le serveur - the waiter

  • la serveuse - the waitress

  • du pain - some bread

  • la baguette - the bread stick

  • le gâteau - the cake

  • la tarte - the tart

  • le chocolat - the chocolate

  • les fruits - the fruit

  • les légumes - the vegetables

  • un croque monsieur - a cheese toastie

  • le fromage - the cheese

  • le café - the coffee

  • le sandwich - the sandwich

  • une ratatouille - a ratatouille (a tomato, aubergine and pepper dish)

  • une crêpe - a pancake

  • la quiche - the quiche (cheese and egg tart)

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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