Bastille Day collection

Vive la revolution! Bastille Day (14 July) marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 – a symbolic event which many see as the beginning of the French Revolution. Extend the celebrations across the Channel to your classroom with these hand-picked resources.

Celebrations from Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica shares resources for a number of historical and celebratory dates, and you can explore Bastille Day through a quiz, as well as images and activities.

Bastille Day quiz

  • Topical article and quick quiz testing pupils’ knowledge about this historical day.

Historical words

  • Recap key Bastille vocabulary with this simple wordsearch.

Party photos

  • Transform the classroom into a celebratory hall with these wonderful photographs and discussion prompts about French festivities.

Colour-in Bonaparte

  • A simple colouring-in template of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Words in the crossfire

  • Wrap up your Bastille Day learning with this simple crossword.

Vive le Revolution

The Bastille

  • Explore the symbolism of the storming of the Bastille and teach students about the French Revolution’s historical resonance with this detailed history scheme of work.

Channel vision

  • Study the revolution through British eyes with this collection of primary sources.

A people divided

  • Create a classroom class system with chocolate coins and give students a sense of pre-revolutionary injustice in France with this engaging lesson.

Poverty to liberty

  • From the shackles of the Bastille to the freedom symbolised by Marseillaise, give pupils the full Bastille Day experience with this comprehensive PowerPoint.

Fighting for freedom

  • Recreate the siege of Bastille with this adaptable revolution role play.

Pre-revolutionary France

  • Follow Arthur Young’s description of 19th Century France and spot the discontent among the proletariat signposted in his writing.

French for France’s Fête

La Fête National

  • Explore France’s history and French language with this Bastille Day word search.

La Revolution Francaise

  • Quizzes, vocabulary and information slides introducing students to the French Revolution.

14 Juillet

  • This PowerPoint acts is a useful and brief introduction to la fête nationale.