Lesson 5: French boules - pétanque

Children develop their cultural awareness, learning how to play pétanque and having a go at this famous French game; practising using the infinitive of the P.E. verbs learned in Lesson 4 with an opinion to say what sports they like, love or don't like playing.

Learning objective

  • To learn about the French game of pétanque and to rehearse 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.
  • Fostering curiosity and deepening understanding of the world


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

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Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • You could practise pétanque and perhaps have a tournament in class.
  • Use the movements for the P.E verbs and the new words from this lesson in a warm up lesson for P.E, giving directions in French.
  • Use the construction of an opinion + the infinitive for when the children answer the register: J’aime sauter, for example.
  • Research pétanque – where are the next championships and who is the current champion?
  • Research the Olympic Games.

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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