Lesson 3: Describing my French family

The children piece information together from written clues to identify family members and learn to build descriptive sentences into a short paragraph.

Learning objective

  • To be able to build descriptive sentences into a short paragraph

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Read carefully and show understanding of simple writing
  • Write at varying length using a variety of grammatical structures


KS2 Framework:

  • Make a sentence using single word cards (L5.2)
  • Manipulate language by changing an element in a sentence (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Mon ami(e) (my friend): use the puzzle pieces from the Activity: Family album to build a description of someone in the class for pupils to guess.

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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