Lesson 3: France and the countries of Europe

Developing their reading, writing and speaking skills, children will research European countries and write up their findings

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To research and write information about European countries in French

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing; speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures

 KS2 Framework

  • L4.1 Read and understand a range of familiar written phrases
  • O4.4 Ask and answer questions on several topics



Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • In small groups, research a few key facts about a European country (such as food, capital, flag, language, location on a map and how to say hello/goodbye /please/thank you in the language).
  • Work on songs for contest.
  • A possible Art project could be creating instruments out of cardboard to either play or mime playing.

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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