Lesson 3: French shops

Pupils learn the names of familiar shops and create a triarama to showcase their knowledge, including items that would be sold in them

Before the lesson


  • Teacher video: French shops – les magasins
Teacher video: French shops - les magasins


  • 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




  • Activity: Les magasins cards (see Classroom resources)one between two
  • Activity: Triarama instructions (see Classroom resources) – one per pupil

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Activity: Les magasins cards
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Activity: Triarama instructions
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Learning objective

  • To say the names of French shops correctly
  • To learn the shop names and the items they would sell inside

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

National curriculum links:

  • 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 pick out key words when listening to spoken French
  • I can work out what new words mean by looking for cognates
  • I can spell French words accurately

Cross-curricular links

  • Nothing relevant to this lesson

Attention grabber

Display the Presentation: Les magasins.



Presentation: Les magasins

Show on your interactive whiteboard

In this lesson, the children learn the names of different shops in French and what each shop sells.


Play the ‘hotter/colder’ game to introduce new vocabulary of the shops in French.

Do this by getting one child to stand in the classroom with their eyes closed or blindfolded, then asking another child to hide the class teddy or an agreed object somewhere inside the classroom. Once it’s hidden and the child hiding the object has sat down, the blindfolded child can take the blindfold off.

The rest of the class then begins to chant the name of a shop as displayed on the Presentation: Les magasins. If the child is far away from the hidden object, the class chant quietly and when the child approaches the hidden object, they chant louder until the child finds the object.

This can be repeated with different children and different shop names as a fun way to orally rehearse new vocabulary. Throughout this, you can move around the classroom helping individuals to correct their pronunciation of certain words.


Main event

Les magasins – the shops

Go through each of the slides 2-8 of the Presentation: Les magasins and explain what each shop sells.

Put the children into pairs and give each pair a set of the cards from the Activity: Les magasins cards. Get the children to test each other on what the different shops are. Pupils working at greater depth could be challenged to name items sold in these shops.



The children will make a triarama that shows two different shops. Give each child a copy of the Activity: Triarama instructions.

Model how to create a triarama by using a square of paper and following the instructions in the Activity: Triarama instructions.

Before the children secure the triarama in place with tape or glue, they should first  identify where the shop faces will go on their paper, where the shelves inside will be and what they will have on the shelves. The children should also draw in these details as it is easier to do so when the triarama is flat on the table before it is assembled.

Once all the details have been drawn in, the children can glue or tape the triarama together as set out in the instructions.

This will make an instant, visual 3D display that the children can explore to get them more familiar with this vocabulary.

Wrapping up

Splat the word

Show slide 9 of the Presentation: Les magasins showing the names of all the shops. Choose two children to come and ‘splat’ the word first when you have said it.

To keep the whole class engaged, have the children use the cards from the Activity: Les magasins cards to play ‘Splat’ in pairs, with the winner being the one who splats the cards first.

You could always select a sensible member of the class to call out the shop names so that they get the opportunity to practise their pronunciation.

During the week

  • Make a grocery shop (une épicerie) using the Link: ‘Hugo L’escargot: grocery shop’.
  • Can the children find out how to say the names of other shops, for example, toy shops, pet shops, etc?
  • Children could find images of French shop fronts and sketch them onto A4 paper, which can then be displayed in a line to create a street of shops.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Could the children :

  • Recognise the shop names and give examples of items in French that those shops would sell?
  • Correctly label their triaramas?
  • Correctly say the French names of the shops?

Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Recognising shop names and correctly labelling their triarama.

Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Saying shop names in French, giving examples of the items they would sell and spelling their names accurately.


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


  • les magasins - the shops

  • la boulangerie - the baker’s shop

  • du pain - some bread

  • la baguette - the bread stick

  • la pâtisserie - the cake shop

  • le gâteau - the cake

  • la tarte - the tart

  • la chocolaterie - the chocolate shop

  • le chocolat - the chocolate

  • une épicerie - the grocer’s shop

  • les fruits - the fruit

  • les légumes - the vegetables

  • le marché - the market

  • la nourriture - food

  • le supermarché - the supermarket

  • les courses - the shopping

  • un hypermarché - a hypermarket

  • tout - all/ everything

  • je voudrais…- I would like

  • bonne journée - good day

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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