Friday, 25 April 2014

Mon drapeau, Mi bandera and the World Cup

This series of lessons have been part of my KS2 Spanish scheme of work for Year 3 since I designed them for the 2010 World Cup.  They now form part of my "Shapes" unit which begins with flags and finishes with Gaudí mosaics.  I didn't teach Primary French at that point, but I do now, and so have rejigged the resources.  I have had very successful lessons with Year 2 and Year 4 this week, so much so that I have uploaded the resources to Light Bulb Languages (French and Spanish) so that everyone can use them.  They promote sustained, structured speaking and lead to individual reading, writing and creativity.

Here's how it works:

  1. Learn / revise the 6 colours red, yellow, blue, greem, white and black.
  2. Starting with the plain red flag (not a World Cup flag, but a starting point) do écoutez répétez / escuchad repetid of the parts of the sentence using the actions - Mon drapeau / est / rouge.  Practise until the children are happy to say the whole sentence and perform the actions with you.  Talk about what the sentence means, and why you are doing those particular actions, to help the words to stick.
  3. Work through the other colour combinations in the same way.  You'll probably need to run through the colours slides 3 times for the children to be confident.  Talk about why "et" changes its place in the sentence (the children get to explain to you what they know about writing lists in English).  It may be worth having to hand a copy of all the flags, as they will want to know which flag is for which country.  We also used the flags to do some basic maths - how many countries altogether?  8 groups of 4, therefore 32.  Three countries have red and white flags, eight have red, white and blue flags.  How many is that altogether?  How many more flags are we going to see?
  4. Repeat the process for the shapes, and practise in the same way.
  5. Show the children some flags they have never seen before and ask them to work out its description in pairs.  Then ask for a volunteer pair to share their description with the rest of the class.  There is always a really good hum of speaking and lots of actions when they do this.  They also like to go into lots and lots of detail! 
  6. Children draw and colour their own flag.  Beforehand we talk about the meanings of the colours used in flags, and which colours are not used.  This link is useful.  They then show their flag to the rest of the class and describe it.  I usually hold the picture so that they can do all the actions.  It's worth reminding the class that whatever they draw, they will have to speak about!
  7. Children can use the writing frame to write the description of their flag.  Great display potential.
  8. Children can work on the two reading sheets where they identify the World Cup flags based on their descriptions.
Easily 4 lesson / hours of work there.  And I'm sure lower KS3 would like it too.



  1. Fantastique ! Merci beaucoup !

  2. Muchas gracias! Maravilloso!

  3. Your resources provide inspiration and save teachers time. I am indebted to you for your generous sharing of fantastic ideas.¡Muchísimas gracias!

  4. My classes have really enjoyed the World Cup flag lessons in French. Using them again tomorrow when OFSTED are in! Thank you so much.

  5. Fantastic, well thought out resources, thank you so much for sharing, I did my best lesson all year using your flags resources last week with a hard-to-settle year 3 in French and now I am about to use them in Spanish for year 5 at a second school. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!