Lesson 1: French detectives - beware the dragon!

Pupils work together to look for information within a text about a Varan de Komodo (Komodo Dragon), using a range of language detective skills to identify key facts about the animal.

Learning objective

  • To investigate text for visual clues and find information

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand and respond to written language from an authentic source
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing


KS2 – Foreign Language

  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary


KS2 Framework

  • Read fiction and non-fiction texts (L5.1)
  • Look and listen for visual clues (LLS)
  • Recognise typical conventions of word order in the language (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Read the poem, ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll. Ask the children to highlight nonsense words, give their ‘English translation’ and explain how they know the meaning of the words
  • Get the children to research English online encyclopedias about Komodo Dragons. Do they agree on the facts? How do other online resources compare in layout, content, etc?
  • Create a shared set of headings and a word bank list for animal fact file writing (volunteers to type up a list from the post-it notes).

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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