Lesson 3: Describing people in French

Applying their vocabulary knowledge from the previous lesson, pupils write descriptions of other pupils’ drawings, taking care that adjectives agree with the nouns that they describe.

Learning objective

  • To create simple descriptive sentences

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied…how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English


KS2 Framework

  • Write simple words and phrases using a model and some words from memory (L4.4)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Read the children the book, Vas t-en, Grand Monstre Vert ! (Go away, Big Green Monster!) by Ed Emberley or play the video on link: ‘Vas – t’en, Grand Monstre Vert !’ on VideoLink. Challenge the children to spot colour words and the words, les yeux and les cheveux.
  • Tell or watch the story again, this time focusing on the other facial features mentioned: les dents (teeth), la bouche (mouth), le nez (nose), la tête (head).

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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