Lesson 1: Sports in French

Spotting sports cognates and learning the names of some sports in French, learning how to say that you play a sport and how to express, orally and in writing, an opinion about sports.

Learning objective

  • To express an opinion, orally and in writing, about sports and which sports are played

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Ask and answer questions
  • Express opinions and respond to those of others


KS2 Framework:

  • 6.1. Understand the main points and simple opinions
  • 6.4. Participate in simple conversations on familiar topics

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Watch sporting events with French commentary and ask what words the children can understand. On YouTube, you can slow down videos to make them easier to understand.
  • Continue to practise the new sentences during the week, by passing a ball around so that the child with the ball needs to say the sentence or each child says one word from the sentence to create a sentence as a team, for example:

Je; joue; au; basket

  • Get the children to answer the register with the French name of a sport.
  • Get the children to look up the French words for different sports, particularly the ones that they do, and prepare a wall display of sports words and pictures.


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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