Lesson 5: Fantastic French beasts

Incorporating all they have learnt in this topic, children write a descriptive paragraph about the monster pet they created in Lesson 3, then present this to the class

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To be able to create my own descriptive paragraph

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, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly


KS2 Framework:

  • Make simple sentences and short texts (L5.2)
  • Recognise typical conventions of word order (KAL)
  • Use a dictionary or word list (LLS)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Compile the fact files into a book or blog to publish for others in the school/at home to read.
  • Allow time to independently explore other entries on fr.Vikidia.org – this could tie in to a relevant subject area/topic.

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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