- 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
- Ask and answer questions on several topics (O4.4)
- Recognise and apply simple agreements (KAL)
Before the lesson
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. You say a statement and if it is true, the children repeat the statement. If the statement is false, the children remain silent.
- Revisit some of your chosen pictures from the Louvre (see ‘French, Year 4, Portraits – describing in French, Lesson 1: Portraits – getting French adjectives to agree’), and get the children to come up with sentences to describe the portrait, seeing how many descriptive words they can use (for example, Elle a les cheveux châtains et les yeux marron et elle est heureuse. Elle s’appelle Mona Lisa She has brown hair and brown eyes and she is happy. She is called Mona Lisa).
- Let the children practise their dictionary skills and look up some adjectives to describe people’s personality, writing down the masculine singular and the feminine singular forms. Try: pretty (joli, joie), good (bon, bonne), brave (courageux, courageuse), kind (gentil, gentille), mean (méchant méchante), interesting (intéressant, intéressante). Create a classroom display and try grouping the adjectives into their different ending types.