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George’s Marvellous Medicine KS2 MFL lesson plan – Write wacky recipes

What's included?

Lesson plan, vocabulary sheet and worksheet

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Using a favourite story in another language is a great way of exposing young learners to longer texts.

Stories are a familiar, non-threatening form for children, and by using a tale that is already known in the child’s native language, the possible panic of not knowing every word is avoided and learners are freed to appreciate the patterns and sounds of the language of instruction.

Roald Dahl’s takes have been translated into 58 languages and this lesson focuses on the Spanish version of George’s Marvellous Medicine but could easily be adapted.

What they’ll learn

  • Listen to and follow a chapter of a book in Spanish
  • Read aloud, using phonic knowledge and rhyme
  • Demonstrate understanding by ordering a text
  • Write a short instructional text in Spanish

This download contains:

  • Lesson plan
  • Spanish ‘Marvellous Medicine’ recipe and English translation
  • Three Spanish vocabulary sheets featuring verbs, quantities and ingredients, with English translations

Lisa Stevens is a primary languages educator and teaches at two Birmingham primaries. She has consulted on various projects, including the BBC Schools Radio series ¡Mi Madrid! for KS2 Spanish learners. Browse more Roald Dahl Day resources.

George’s Marvellous Medicine KS2 MFL lesson plan – Write wacky recipes

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