Lesson 5: My extraordinary French family

Understanding how sentences are constructed and how building blocks can be re-used and substituted to build a range of new sentences; using existing sentences to produce a written composition about a family.

Learning objective

  • To plan and prepare a short presentation about my family.

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Describe people orally and in writing
  • Express ideas clearly


KS2 Framework:

  • Make simple sentences and short texts (L5.2) 
  • Apply knowledge of rules when building sentences (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

  • Display the rainbows on the wall and invite the children to come up with alternative word cards for each colour sentence. These could become a sentence builder on the wall.
  • Use the words or sentences from a rainbow paragraph as an outdoor orienteering- style activity by writing a letter on the back of each word card, which they need to put in the right order to spell out a secret message.  
  • Create vlogs/animations to present their own or fictional family. This could be shared with a partner school overseas.

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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