Lesson 2: France and around the world

Building on their learning of country names from Year 5, the children identify the geographical locations of different countries round the world and learning the French name for these countries, spotting cognates and understanding other language detective clues.

Learning objective

  • To learn the words in French for countries around the world

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words.
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied; the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language.
  • Fostering curiosity and deepening understanding of the world.


KS2 Framework:

  • L 6.3. Match sound to sentences and paragraphs, listen carefully to a model, eg: a video recording, recorded story or song, and re-constitute a sentence or paragraph using text cards.



Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Test the children on the French country names, and whether they are masculine/feminine/plural
  • Test the children on where in the world they will find the countries in the lesson located.
  • Let the children play the quiz on this link: ‘BBC Bitesize -French – Countries’. The children may not be able to do all of it but they could have a good guess at some questions and could practice using a dictionary to find out the answer to the questions they don’t know.
  • Get the children to research the Angles and Celts. Can the children think of any words that also use ‘terra’ in them eg. terrain, Mediterranean, terracotta, subterranean, extra-terrestrial, terrace.
  • Play the game from the Wrapping-up.

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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