Lesson 3: French verbs in a spin

Pupils make verb spinners and practise choosing and using the correct ending of regular -er verbs to go with the subject pronoun.

Learning objective

  •  To choose and use appropriate verb endings

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Conjugate verbs to build sentences
  • Understand new words introduced into familiar writing


KS2 Framework:

  • Choose words to write into a gapped text (L5.3)
  • Manipulate language by changing an element in a sentence (KAL)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • In other news…

Check out the short cartoon clips on link:‘1jour1actu.com’, which answer French children’s questions about anything and everything.

  • Quick on the draw
  1.  Pupils form two teams on either side of the room.
  2. The teacher calls out a phrase with a subject pronoun and an -er verb (for example, il and manger – to eat).
  3. The first children in each team go head to head to be the first to call out the correct phrase in French (in this case, il mange).
  4. The winner goes to the back of their team line for another go and the loser sits down.
  5.  Play continues until one team runs out of players.


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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