Lesson 4: La compétition - Le Tour de France

Learning about the Tour de France cycling competition and becoming familiar with the names of various P.E. action verbs, reinforcing learning through a board game.

Learning objective

  • To rehearse orally new vocabulary

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • Engage in conversations.
  • Ask and answer questions.
  • Broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words.


KS2 Framework:

  • 6.1 Understand the main points and simple opinions, listen attentively, retell and discuss the main ideas.



Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Make  a poster from the Activity: P.E. Verbs and display in the classroom and get the children to practise some movements around the class or as a warm-up for P.E.
  • Practise the directions from the Wrapping up session, perhaps as an end-of-day exercise.
  • Get the class to research the Tour de France or another great cycle race and watch something about the race on television.  You could ask the children to find out about pelotons. The word peloton in French means a pack. It is also used to refer to a ball of wool – la pelote de laine.

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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