Lesson 4: Describing personality traits in French

Children practise making adjectives agree with feminine nouns and learn a few words to describe personality, building their vocabulary by using simple sentence structures.

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

Before the lesson

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. 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.

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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