Lesson 4: French irregulars - to have and to be

Understanding that some French verbs are irregular and do not follow regular patterns, and learning the irregular present tense of the verbs avoir - to have and être - to be.

Learning objective

  • To know that some verbs do not follow regular patterns

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Conjugation of high-frequency verbs
  • Develop accurate pronunciation


KS2 Framework:

  • Practise new language with a friend (LLS)
  • Pronounce/read aloud unknown words (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

  • Children invent and lead other games to practise the two new verbs.
  • You can play the children the songs on the videos and get them to join in, using:


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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