Lesson 5: Inspired by Matisse's French 'Christmas eve' window

Children use a computer based paint package or a selection of collage materials to design a stained glass window based on Matisse's 'Nuit de Noël'

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create and describe a festive picture

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Describe things orally, speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary, understand basic grammar (adjectives)


KS2 Framework:

  • Listen attentively and understand instructions (O3.4)
  • Recall, retain and use vocabulary (O3.3)
  • Know some facts about one country (IU3.3)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Use tissue paper to turn your classroom windows into Matisse’s ‘Nuit de noël’.
  • Listen to some French Christmas songs – a wide selection are available online.
  • Use the Christmas tree game as a listening assessment – give the children an outline and get them to decorate it by giving a set of instructions to decorate each branch.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Belinda Dean,  
Languages specialist
Belinda is a French and Spanish teacher as well as a trainer for Network for Languages at Bath Spa University for the last seven years, delivering courses for teachers and PGCE students, and Expert Centre co-ordinator for the Global Learning…
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