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

Children consolidate their learning of adjectival position for adjectives of size and colour, practice French words for shapes and colours, learn vocabulary for Christmas decorations and create a picture based on Matisse's stained glass window, 'Nuit de Noël'.

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

Before the lesson

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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