French weather vocabulary – KS2 lesson plan

What's included?

PDF lesson plan, flashcards and trapdoor game

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Learn meteorological vocabulary and use French prepositions and conjunctions in this KS2 French weather vocabulary lesson.

Talking about the weather may seem like a very simple part of everyday life in the UK, but in MFL lessons this familiar subject matter provides children with a great opportunity to work on their spontaneous speaking skills.

As the lesson progresses, children will move from simple phrases to full-sentence constructions, extending them with conjunctions and describing location using prepositions. Above all, this lesson gives children a real purpose for speaking: the creation of a spoken TV weather report.

It could easily be adapted to suit languages other than French.

What they’ll learn

  • Use a variety of French weather vocabulary
  • Respond to the question quel temps fait-il?
  • Use prepositions to talk about the weather in different parts of France
  • Extend sentences with conjunctions
  • Speak more confidently in French through the creation of a weather report role play

This download contains

  • Full PDF lesson plan
  • Weather flashcards
  • ‘Trapdoor’ game worksheet

French weather vocabulary starter activity

Explain how to ask what the weather is like in French (quel temps fait-il?) and some possible responses, such as:

  • Il fait chaud (hot)
  • Il fait froid (cold)
  • Il pleut (rainy)
  • Il neige (snowy)
  • Il y a du vent (windy)
  • Il y a du soleil (sunny)
  • Il y a des nuages (cloudy)

Use the flashcards included in this download. Each features a symbol representing the above weather phrases.

Show pupils a card and say a phrase at the same time. If the phrase matches the image the children should repeat it back to you.

If it’s incorrect, they should put their finger on their lips and remain silent. Keep score to make it competitive.

Ellie Chettle Cully is a qualified primary teacher and primary languages specialist. Follow her on Twitter at @eccmfl. Visit her website at

French weather vocabulary resources
French weather vocabulary – KS2 lesson plan

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