Lesson 1: French - action!

Recognising that verbs take different forms, including the infinitive and giving opinions

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise that verbs take different forms and to find infinitive verbs in a dictionary

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Broaden vocabulary using a dictionary
  • Speak in sentences using basic language structures


KS2 Framework:

  • Pronounce/read aloud unknown words (LLS)
  • Remember, retain and recall words (O5.4)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Play ‘Jacques a dit’ (Simon Says) using the action verbs.
  • Use the action verbs for your PE warm up.
  • Create a working wall display of French verbs. Encourage the children to spot new verbs from their English lessons and add these to the wall.

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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