Lesson 5: Fantastic French beasts

Children write a descriptive fact file paragraph about the monster they created in Lesson 3, incorporating all the vocabulary and grammar they have learned in this and other units, and present their writing to the class.

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

Before the lesson

Teacher knowledge - language points

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 for the children to explore independently other entries on link: ‘fr.Vikidia.org’; this could tie in with a relevant subject area or 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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