Lesson 4: Describing personality traits in French

Children learn to describe other pupils’ personalities, building their vocabulary by using a simple sentence structure

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand simple descriptive sentences

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine and masculine neuter forms…how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help


KS2 Framework

  • Ask and answer questions on several topics (O4.4)
  • Recognise and apply simple agreements (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Play Répétez si c’est vrai (Repeat if true) with statements about the group of friends in the Presentation: Personalities used in this lesson.
  • Let the children use dictionaries to find more nouns to complete the sentence Il/elle aime…
  • The children could bring in a picture of a famous person and the class could suggest a sentence to describe them, for example, a picture of the Queen. Create captions for the pictures, for example,  Elle aime les châteaux. Alternatively, you could provide the pictures and the captions and they have to match them up.

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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