Lesson 2: Managing French money

After recapping basic numbers, children develop their confidence when talking about different amounts of money

Before the lesson


  • Teacher video: L’argent
Teacher video: L'argent


  • 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: L’argent (see Classroom resources) – print as many times as you want to have coins for the class to handle
  • Activity: Le supermarché (see Classroom resources) – one per child
  • Activity: Price tags (see Classroom resources) – print as many as needed for the activity in the Wrapping up

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Activity: L’argent
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Activity: Le supermarché
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Activity: Price tags
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Learning objective

  • To say amounts of money in French
  • To read amounts and use the correct notes and coins to pay

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 add up in French
  • I understand how prices are written in euros
  • I can work out what new words mean by looking for cognates

Cross-curricular links

  • Nothing relevant to this lesson

Attention grabber

Display Presentation: L’argent



Presentation: L’argent

Show on your interactive whiteboard

Get the children to recap their numbers in French by asking them:

  • Can you count up to 31?
  • Can you count in 10 times tables?

Revise numbers using slides 2-26 of Presentation: L’argent, or use ‘Year 4 French numbers, calendars and birthdays, Lesson 1: Learning numbers 1-31 in French’ and ‘Year 4 French weather and the water cycle, Lesson 4: The temperature in France’.

A fun way to revise numbers is to have the children sitting in a circle and pass a class teddy or ball around as you count. As the children get more confident, you could introduce them to ‘Fizz Buzz’ – still counting while going round the circle, but, for an extra challenge, saying ‘fizz’ when the number is a multiple of two and ‘buzz’ when the number is a multiple of five.


Main event

The best and most exciting way to introduce the topic of money is to have some actual euros. The children love holding real money and you can explain about different currency and what the current exchange rate is and even look online at a currency exchange rate website such as XE Currency converter.

If you can’t get hold of any euros, you can print the Activity: L’argent , which has pictures of coins and notes. You could cut them out and laminate them as you will find you can use them again, and for other topics.

Explain the different words for money in French below using slides 2-4 of the Presentation: L’argent.

  • money – de l’argent
  • a bill, note, or paper money – un billet
  • change – la monnaie
  • coin – une pièce (de monnaie)



Introduce the children to the words un supermarché – a supermarket and un hypermarché – a hypermarket.

Give each child a copy of the Activity: Le supermarché and get the children to work out the answers to the questions.

Note: Some children may need some support in calculating the answers to the more mathematical questions.

 As an extension, children could work out the exchange rate and how much it would cost in pounds sterling (£).



Wrapping up

Create a class marché (market) by printing the Activity: Price tags, that the children can use to write the name of the item and its price.

You could use some plastic fruit and vegetables and the children can use this area to practise the words and phrases they have learnt.

During the week


  • Play ‘Fizz Buzz’ as you pass a ball around to practise numbers
  • Create fruit and vegetable cards and label with a price tag


Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Could the children:

  • Remember their numbers 1-31 in French up
  • Count in multiples of ten in French?
  • Understand how prices are written in euros
  • Understand the different words for money in French ?
  • Answer the questions about prices and money ?

Pupils with secure understanding indicated by: Completing mathematical calculations in French, writing their answers in euros.

Pupils working at greater depth indicated by: Understanding new vocabulary by looking out for cognates and using context as well as confidently calculating the answers to the supermarché questions, giving their answers in euros but investigating what the equivalent cost would be in pounds sterling.


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


  • de l'argent - some money

  • Un billet - a bill,note or paper money

  • La monnaie - change

  • Une pièce (de monnaie) - a coin

  • vingt - ten

  • vingt - twenty

  • trente - thirty

  • quarante - forty

  • cinquante - fifty

  • soixante - sixty

  • soixante - dix - seventy

  • quatre - vingt - eighty

  • quatre - vingt - dix - ninety

  • cent - one hundred

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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