Lesson 4: A French holiday translation

Reading a simple story about a summer holiday, demonstrating understanding of the gist of the text by answering questions

Learning objective

  • To read a simple story about a summer holiday, understand the gist and show comprehension through answering questions


National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to

  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing


Keystone Framework:

L6.2 Read and understand the gist of a familiar story.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Explain that you can have a career as a translator, for example in business, law, education, publishing, for the police, in hospitals and in TV and film. Discuss other careers where languages are key, such as a holiday representative, tour guide, languages teacher,  children’s book writer, blogger, speaker, seller, YouTuber or Podcaster, and jobs in the leisure industry like hotels and restaurants.
  • For the following lesson,  research how to travel to France on the internet. Find out how much it costs to go camping with a tent, rent a holiday house; what budget would you need for food?

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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