Languages: Upper Key Stage 2 French

Lesson plans and teacher videos to instil confidence in your teaching of French

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We aim to instil a love of language learning within children, encouraging them to be languages detectives, working to decode new vocabulary. Our topics feature a mixture of speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, language learning strategies and cultural references. Each lesson is supported by our unique teacher videos, demonstrating pronunciation and key teaching techniques for effective language learning.

Year 5

French monster pets

Using monsters and body part vocabulary, this unit revises noun gender, using the correct article to go with nouns, making adjectives agree with the noun they describe and sentence constructions, placing the adjectives in the correct place.  The children look at an authentic French text to identify key facts about an animal and characteristics of a factual text, and work towards writing paragraphs to describe their own monster creations. There is plenty of scope for linking this unit with art and science-related projects, as well as building on language detective skills and English literature and writing.


Space exploration - in French

This unit transports children into space, developing their scientific vocabulary as well as their grammar. Pupils develop their listening and language detective skills, use figurative language and develop their sentence structure by adding adjectives, using prepositions and making simple adjectival comparisons. Links can be made with English as they use figurative language and write poems, Science and with our KS2 computing unit on space.

Shopping in France

Pupils learn to construct high numbers in French, develop food-related vocabulary through games, stories and role-play and build on their understanding of sentence structures, questions and phrases, equipping themselves with language they could use when shopping in France. They also develop their language detective skills, facing an entirely unfamiliar authentic French text.

French speaking world

Pupils discover that there are many countries in the world that speak French, and they learn to give and follow directions in French, discuss climate and use comparative language, which they practise as they explore different French-speaking countries and the cultural treasures belonging to those countries.

Verbs in a French week

Pupils identify the infinitive form of verbs, and subject pronouns, then group French verbs into -er, -ir and -re categories before learning the -er regular verb endings, practising with a set of regular action verbs; they discover that not all verbs are regular and learn the foundation verbs ‘avoir’ and ‘être’, and finally produce a short piece of creative writing to demonstrate their learning, which they present to the class.

Meet my French family

This unit draws on vocabulary and grammar learned in Years 3, 4 and 5, introduces family and relations vocabulary, the possessive adjective, my, and how to express likes and dislikes. The children learn that they can compose a written composition by recycling and re-ordering known words and phrases and the unit culminates in pupils producing a piece of written work, in French, describing members of a family, their looks, their ages, their birthdays and their likes and dislikes.


Year 6

French sport and the Olympics

Pupils conjugate the verb ‘aller’- to go, identify correct prepositions, learn sports vocabulary, how to express preferences plus the infinitive. They expand their knowledge of country names and develop their cultural knowledge of Pétanque, the Tour de France and the Olympics, consolidating their learning by writing a magazine article about participating in the Olympic Games.

French football champions

In this football-themed unit, pupils develop and practise many important learning strategies that they can use in their future learning of other languages and subjects. Children develop their reading, speaking and listening skills, responding to questions about footballers, building to writing their own football player profiles in French based on research of a chosen player.


In my French house

Pupils learn how to describe a house, the different rooms and who lives there. They also learn about prepositions to explain where items are arranged in their bedrooms and consolidate the grammar and vocabulary they have learned by writing a letter to describe their family, home and bedroom.

Planning a French holiday

The children learn to use a combination of present and near-future tenses, and become familiar with holiday-related vocabulary around packing a suitcase and planning a journey. They explore which countries they might visit and why and ultimately research and plan a holiday to France.

Visiting a town in France

Learning directional, transport and town vocabulary together with prepositional phrases, the children describe their journey to school, plan a trip to France and become tourist guides, giving reasoned opinions on which places in town to visit;  finally the children create a tourist leaflet, in French, for their own local area.


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