Lesson 2: French sun and moon metaphors

Children create metaphors for the sun and moon in French and write their own calligrams

Before the lesson

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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

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Listen to ‘Clair de Lune’ (‘moonlight’) which is a beautiful piano piece by French composer Claude Debussy. There are many recordings available online
  • Create and decorate some origami stars (étoiles) to display along with your sun and moon poems.

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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