Lesson 3: A French monster mash-up

In describing hybrid animals, children revise vocabulary for animals, body parts and certain adjectives, and consolidate their knowledge of noun gender and how gender impacts the article and adjectives. The children create their own unique animal mash-up, producing a short presentation to describe that animal.

Learning objective

  • To make a short presentation in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • Write phrases from memory, and adapt to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly


KS2 Framework:

  • Make simple sentences and short texts (L5.2)
  • Prepare a short presentation on a familiar topic (O5.4)
  • Use a dictionary (LLS)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Use the link: ‘Sporcle – Mixed-up animal picture quiz’ to play the  quiz and name the mixed-up animals.
  • In tables of four, play ‘Picture consequences’ to create more mash-ups. Take a piece of blank paper and fold it width-ways into four (like a concertina or a fan) and then open up. Children take it in turns to draw on each section of the paper, keeping what they have drawn secret from the others. They fold over the paper to cover up what they have drawn and pass to the next person. The first child draws a head, the next a body, the next legs and the last one draws feet. When finished, open up the page to see the finished combined drawing. As a group decide the animal’s name and describe it in French.

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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