Lesson 5: French food - le menu

After looking at some authentic French menus, children design and create their own café menus and take part in café role play activity with real or pretend French food.

Learning objective

  • 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

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • At registration, the children could answer with a food item (in French).
  • Get the children to draw the café that their menu is from, showing the plates of food on tables reflecting the items on the menu.
  • Get the children to try French cursive handwriting.

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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