Lesson 3: Monsieur Mangetout's French food week

Through oral storytelling using the repetitive tale of Monsieur Mangetout, the children revise the days of the week and food vocabulary, and prepare their own versions for presentation.

Learning objective

  • To be able to join in with and perform a short, repetitive story using voice and actions to communicate to an audience

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language, join in and respond
  • Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary
  • Present information orally to a range of audiences


KS2 Framework:

  • Use tone of voice and gesture to convey meaning (O5.1)
  • Remember, retain and recall words, phrases and sentences (O5.4)
  • Use actions and rhymes to aid memorization (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

  • Create a wall display by printing out the story map picture from the Activity: Monsieur Mangetout story map and add labelled pictures for all the food that Monsieur Mangetout eats, or create a wall display for a version of the story that the children have made up.
  • Research the real-life ‘Monsieur Mangetout’ (Michel Lotito, 1950-2007) – you can use dictionary skills to compile a list of some of the crazy things he used to eat!
  • French afternoon tea is called Le goûter. You’ll find lots of ideas for typical children’s sweet snacks online.

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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