Lesson 5: French detectives in the kitchen

Children use their language detective skills to decode an unknown text in French, unpicking the meaning through context, identifying cognates and near cognates and recognising known vocabulary, before following the recipe to make ratatouille.

Learning objective

  • To be able to explore and understand an authentic French text

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand and respond to written language from an authentic source
  • Read carefully and show understanding of simple writing
  • Develop ability to understand new words


KS2 Framework:

  • Look and listen for visual and aural clues (LLS)
  • Learn about symbols and products from another country (IU5.3)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Now the children have established what ingredients they need and what method to use, your class can make and taste their own ratatouille.
  • You could use the text as a script for your own cookery video.
  • Research other typical French dishes such as salade niçoise, bouillabaisse, cassoulet and croque monsieur.

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…
Find out more