Modern Europe

Block B - France

Discover Modern Europe in this exciting and informative topic. Understand the amazing physical and human geography of Modern Europe. Travel around, learn key facts and explore the varied countries that make up our European continent. Develop skills in human and physical geography and further your historical and cultural knowledge of these countries as well!

This rich and imaginative block uses a range of artworks to inspire learning about the human and physical geography of France, including its climate zones; discover the art of Cézanne, Seurat and Morisot and where their works are located geographically; the outcomes of this block include creating a 21st Century soundscape, a pointillist style painting and an impasto painting.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Discovering France: A country in art

Study a range of artworks that depict a variety of French landscapes; match artworks to French climate zones; discover Cézanne, Seurat and Morisot and explore how their works are located geographically.

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02: Art on my doorstep - Paul Cézanne

Find out more about Cézanne, his paintings of the local area and what his region looks like today; create a soundscape of your local area.

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03: Dotty about rivers - Georges Seurat

Study Seurat’s paintings around the Seine and compare the depicted land use and human activity with modern Paris; create sketches of a local waterway in Seurat’s pointillist style.

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04: Coast to coast - Berthe Morisot

Look closely at Berthe Morisot’s depictions of the French coastline; analyse how the Nice harbour has changed over time; use impasto painting to recreate one of Morisot’s paintings.