Lesson 5: Writing portraits of friends in French

Using their learning and skills from this unit, pupils write descriptive sentences of one of their friends in French, referring to hair and eye colour, height and a personality trait. Sentence structure and adjectival agreement are reinforced in the human sentence game.

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

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Use the Activity: Red herring cards again to make more human sentences
  • Repeat the portraits exercise with a different portrait and set of sentences.
  • Add to the class collection of character adjectives.

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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