Lesson 1: My French brothers and sisters

Recognising and using phrases to say if I have a brother or sister

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise and use phrases to say if I have a brother or sister

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Read carefully and show understanding of simple writing
  • Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary


KS2 Framework:

  • Choose phrases to write in a gapped text or as captions (L5.3)
  • Understand and use negatives (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Start each day by sharing an example of a French word or phrase that we ‘borrow’ in English without a translation, for example ‘unique’, ‘croissant’, ‘rendezvous’, ‘RSVP’.
  • Play the Link:  ‘Le Soldat Rose à la fabrique de jouets – Frère et sœur’ on SafeYouTube. Le Soldat Rose is a French children’s musical about a boy who hides in the toy section of a department store. The song Frère et sœur is taken from it. You can just watch and enjoy the video, or challenge the children to tally how many times they hear the word frère or sœur.
  • Depending on the children in your class and circumstances, ask the question during register, Tu as des frères ou des soeurs? – Do you have brothers or sisters? – children respond with details about their family.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Belinda Dean,  
Languages specialist
Belinda is a French and Spanish teacher as well as a trainer for Network for Languages at Bath Spa University for the last seven years, delivering courses for teachers and PGCE students, and Expert Centre co-ordinator for the Global Learning…
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