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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

Explore France and find out about French artists, a world famous cycle race and delicious French food

France

French connections

France is a picturesque country with breathtaking landscapes, fairytale château and lush valley and hillside vineyards where grapes are grown. It is particularly known for its quality wines and delicious foods. Locals purchase freshly-grown vegetables, fruits and herbs, and bread, oils and cheeses, in vibrant farmers’ markets.

French people enjoy eating in restaurants and drinking coffee in pavement cafés. In town and village squares, they play traditional games such as boules (the French version of bowling). The annual Tour de France is a world famous cycle race. Notable French artists and composers include Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saëns.

Suggested resources

Varied images of French life (Oxfam and All posters are ideal sites for exploring French culture); appropriate books, games and puzzles; (The Festival Shop has snap cards, dual-language titles and picture dictionaries to support staff); role-play items (Hope Education has a chef’s outfit and packs that include baguettes, croissants and pastries); French holiday brochures; French holiday souvenirs provided by staff and parents.

1 Let’s create an impression

Explore French impressionists

Creative Development

Exploring Media and Materials

Development matters: begin to combine movement, materials, media or marks (22-36 months); differentiate marks and movements on paper (30-50 months).

Early learning goal: explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt (Frances Lincoln) and Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew (Scholastic); various images of Monet’s paintings available from “All posters:http://www.allposters.co.uk; paint; paper; paintbrushes.

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