Lesson 2: Body parts in French - nouns, gender and number

Pupils use the names for parts of the human body to test gender clues, to practise using the correct article, to identify nouns and nouns patterns and to develop their knowledge of language and word order. They use their understanding and knowledge to match pictures of monsters with their descriptions and to write a missing description.

Learning objective

  • To identify and sort nouns by their gender, number and meaning

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • Read carefully and show understanding of phrases and simple writing
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms


KS2 Framework:

  • Choose words to fit into a gapped text or as picture captions (L5.3)
  • Use context and previous knowledge to help understanding
  • Understand that words will not always have a direct equivalent

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge: Language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Using the Activity: Mix and match monster descriptions, read out descriptive sentences and see if anyone can draw the monster.
  • Read ‘Va t’en Grand Monstre Vert’ (Go away, Big Green Monster!) is a book by Ed Emberley.  The book is available from online stores, or animations via YouTube (see Link: ‘Va t’en Grand Monstre Vert’ on VideoLink)

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Belinda Dean,  
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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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