Lesson 3: Clothes for my French holiday

Consolidating knowledge of near future tense and holiday vocabulary, children recall their clothes vocabulary and create a short written composition explaining where and when they are going on holiday, what they want to do on holiday and what they are packing in their suitcases for their holiday.

Learning objective

  • To describe what you will pack in your suitcase for a holiday.

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding, speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary, write phrases and adapt these to write new phrases.


KS2 Framework:

KS2 Framework – O 6.1 Agree or disagree with statements made about a spoken passage.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Use the song on the link: ‘Chanson Enfant – Les Vacances’ on VideoLink for tidy up time to get the children listening to the French
  • Create a washing line of summer and winter clothes that are labelled for the children to read in the classroom
  • Play the Dans ma valise game again
  • Revise the vocabulary by playing memory games such as:

dans ma valise il y a – the equivalent of In my granny’s basket:

 – Dans ma valise il y a des lunettes de soleil  – In my suitcase there is a pair of sunglasses

 – Dans ma valise il y a des lunettes de soleil et un t-shirt – In my suitcase there is a pair of sunglasses and a t-shirt

– Dans ma valise il y a des lunettes de soleil, un t-shirt et un livre – In my suitcase there is a pair of sunglasses,  a t-shirt and a book

Kim’s game – arrange items on a table, give the children time to memorise and then cover the items up, challenging the children to write down, in French, as many items as they remember.


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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