Lesson 5: Writing portraits of friends in French

Using all of their skills from the topic, pupils write a written description of one of their friends

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To write 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


KS2 Framework

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Complete the portraits if not finished in the lesson.
  • Introduce J’aime (I like) and discuss likes – for example:

J’aime le chocolat – I like chocolate

J’aime le foot  – I like football

The children can tell a partner and then their partner can report to the class, changing it to Il/elle aime…

  • Play a guessing game with descriptions of other teachers. Encourage the children to use C’est in their responses.

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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