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.
- Topical article and quick quiz testing pupils’ knowledge about this historical day.
- Recap key Bastille vocabulary with this simple wordsearch.
- Transform the classroom into a celebratory hall with these wonderful photographs and discussion prompts about French festivities.
- A simple colouring-in template of Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Wrap up your Bastille Day learning with this simple crossword.
Vive le Revolution
- 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.
- Study the revolution through British eyes with this collection of primary sources.
- Create a classroom class system with chocolate coins and give students a sense of pre-revolutionary injustice in France with this engaging lesson.
- From the shackles of the Bastille to the freedom symbolised by Marseillaise, give pupils the full Bastille Day experience with this comprehensive PowerPoint.
- Recreate the siege of Bastille with this adaptable revolution role play.
- 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
- Explore France’s history and French language with this Bastille Day word search.
- Quizzes, vocabulary and information slides introducing students to the French Revolution.
- This PowerPoint acts is a useful and brief introduction to la fête nationale.