Lesson 2: Footballer profiles in French

Using their language detective skills, children work out the meaning of further football-related words and then translate profiles of some real French footballers.

Learning objective

  • Reading and de-coding French football player profiles

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore the patterns and sounds of language and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation when reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases, others can understand.
  • Broaden vocabulary range and develop ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through use of a dictionary.



KS2 Framework:

  • Language Learning Strategies. Practice new language with a friend and outside the classroom. Compare and reflect on techniques for memorising language.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Play the ‘Match the word…’ game during the week.
  • Visit the languages resources on the link:  ‘Arsenal Double Club’
  • Create a wall-display of a football pitch and add the French words to name the positions, pitch, goal and ball. The children can use dictionaries and the internet to identify the French words for the different positions
  • Contact your local football team and see if they have French players who might be willing to visit your French lessons.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simone Haughey,  
Languages specialist
Previously a generalist Primary teacher for 12 years, Simone now specialises in Languages. She is MFL Consultant and Languages Teacher at Robin Hood Primary. Her work with Mandarin Chinese led to the IoE Confucius Institute for Schools awarding her school with Confucius…
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