Lesson 4: In the style of the French artist, Matisse

Pupils follow a set of written instructions in French to create their own animal collage in the style of Matisse.

Learning objective

  • To create an original piece of artwork in the style of Matisse
  • To follow instructions in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Present ideas and information orally
  • Broaden vocabulary using a dictionary

KS2 Framework:

  • Repeat words and phrases modelled by the teacher (O3.4)
  • Recognise some familiar words in written form (L3.1)
  • Experiment with the writing of simple words (L3.3)
  • View a media resource about the country (IU3.4)
  • Compare the language with English (LLS)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Continue practising your greetings and feelings vocabulary from ‘French, Year 3, French greetings with puppets’ as you take the register at each end of the day.
  • Display your Matisse gallery in a corridor or hall – ask visitors to spot the animals.
  • Use the animal names for a mime game. Do a mime and ask: Qu’est-ce que c’est ?
  • Create your own list of animal names to share and display as a class word bank (with Matisse pictures to illustrate).
  • Choose one child to share their work each day and describe which shapes they have used.
  • Matisse or not? Show a series of French artwork pieces by various artists (Matisse,  Seurat, Monet, Degas, etc). The children have to decide if it is Monet: oui or non.

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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