Lesson 2: French sun and moon metaphors

Children create metaphors for the sun and moon in French, paying close attention to using the correct indirect object to match the gender of the noun, and incorporate adjectives, making sure of adjectival agreement; they use the metaphors to write their own sun or moon calligrams.

Learning objective

  • To use nouns and adjectives correctly to create metaphor poetry

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Describe people, places and things orally and in writing
  • Find ways of communicating what they want to say
  • Use basic language structures


 KS2 Framework:

  • Make simple sentences (L5.2)
  • Write words, phrases and short sentences using a reference (L5.3)
  • Integrate new language into previously learnt language (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 and decorate some origami stars (les étoiles) to display along with your sun and moon poems.
  • Listen to the famous piece of music called Clair de Lune by the French composer, Claude Debussy using the Presentation: Clair de Lune – Claude Debussy (Brooklyn Duo).  It is a beautiful piece of piano music and the title translates as moonlight.

Presentation: Clair de Lune - Claude Debussy (Brooklyn Duo)

Play the audio file.

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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