Lesson 3: French verbs in a spin

Pupils learn to choose and use appropriate verb endings

Before the lesson

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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

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • In other news…

Check out these short cartoon clips on Link: ‘1jour1actu’, answering French children’s questions about anything and everything

  • Quick on the draw  Pupils form two teams on either side of the room. The first child in each team has a ‘shoot-out’, with you calling out a phrase with pronoun + ‘er’ verb (for example, ‘he eats’). The pupil who calls out the correct French translation first (in this case, il mange),  stays in  the game and goes to the back of their line. The other pupil sits out. Play continues until one team runs out of players.

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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