Lesson 3: Comparing planets in French

Children practise building longer sentences, focusing on the correct indefinite article, adjectival position and agreement and then add comparatives to say whether a planet is bigger, smaller, hotter or colder than another planet.

Learning objective

  • To make comparisons in French

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary
  • Express ideas clearly, writing some phrases from memory


KS2 Framework:

  • Make a sentence using single word cards (L5.2)
  • Apply grammatical knowledge to make sentences (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

  • Watch the video again from Lesson 1 on link: ‘European Space Station – Paxi et le système solaire’ on VideoLink.
  • Get the children to learn the order of the planets. Just as we do in English, the French use mnemonics to help them remember information.  To remember the order of the planets, they use:

Mon vaisseau te mène jusque sur une nouvelle planète – My ship takes you to a new planet.

Mon (Mercure)

Vaisseau (Vénus)

Te (Terre)

Mène (Mars)

Jusque (Jupiter)

Sur (Saturne)

Une (Uranus)

Nouvelle (Neptune)

Planète (Pluton)

  • Play ‘Le Pendu’ (Hangman), using different French words from the word mats the children made at the start of theunit.
  • Encourage the children to think of other adjectives they could use to compare themselves with others in the class, such as taller, shorter, older, younger.


Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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