Resources: Number lines for each child, paper and pencils, Smartboard or laptop

  1. Greet the whole class with: ‘Bonjour!’ or ‘Salut!’ and encourage them to respond.
  2. Look at ‘Une Chanson des Chiffres’ (A Number Song) at:

Watch through once and then again, encouraging the children to join in if they can. (0 is  zéro and isn’t mentioned in the song)

  1. Give the children a number line from 1 to 10 (or let them write out the numbers) and let them practise counting (and singing) the numbers.
  2. Count round the class, one child at a time. Start with zéro and count up to ten, before returning to zéro again. Practise until most seem confident – perhaps choose funny voices, or whispers or with musical instruments.
  3. Give all the children a piece of paper and ask them to fold into quarters (or even eighths). In each quarter, they can write a different number from 0 to 10. Call out numbers randomly, allowing the children to cross them off if they have them on their card. When a child hears all their numbers, he or she can call out ‘Loto!’ (bingo!)
  4. Number game: four corners. Write the numbers 1 to 10 on large pieces of paper, holding each one up as you do so and saying the number, asking the children to imitate. Once completed, mix the numbers up and split into four piles (one pile of 2 and three piles of 3). Pin the numbers up in the four corners of the hall or yard and gather the children with you in the centre of the space. Explain that you will call out a number and the children should run to the correct corner.

Extend this game by covering your eyes and letting the children run to a corner of their choice. Then say a number, and all children in that corner are ‘out’


Further Activities:

Make a visual number line to pin up in the classroom – have a picture of a number of children with the corresponding French number underneath.

Extend confident children by teaching the numbers to twenty.

Make a set of cards – some with a number of objects drawn on, the others with the French number names to ten. Make several sets and play a game of snap with them, or ‘Fishing’ where all cards are laid face down and children take turns to make matching pairs.

Make up counting songs to practise the words, or insert French number names into popular songs the children already know.

Curriculum Areas covered:

KS2 Foreign Language

Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases