School Activities


The Institut français welcomes you in the heart of South Kensington, cette petite France, to make you and your pupils discover the best of French culture and language. Come and watch a French film in our recently refurbished cinema, and snoop around the resources of the biggest and most beautiful French library overseas.


We offer 3 options to suit your needs, interests and timetable:

- School Screenings
Bring your class to watch a celebrated French film from our general programme at Ciné Lumière – £5 per student, free for teachers

- Set French Days
(12 Dec, 19 Dec, 25 Feb, 13 Mar, 27 Mar, 9 Apr, 10 Apr)
Immerse your pupils in French culture for a full day with linguistic or cultural activity in the morning and a school screening in the afternoon. There are several dates and themes to choose from – £6 per student, free for teachers

- French Days à la Carte
For those who want it all and the flexibility to choose their date and film, the French Day à la Carte includes an interactive library visit and a school screening – £10 per student, free for teachers


Special Event as part of It’s All About Piano

Your students will discover all about the black and white keys with our special It’s All About Piano event!

Recital + Talk - 9.30am

Pianist Vesselina Tchakarova, music director of Music’All, will perform Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in its piano version. She will also explain how the piece is constructed, who are the characters and how the music introduces them, and impart musical knowledge. This musical introduction will be illustrated by colorful paintings by famous artists.

Film: The Magic Piano – 10.30am

China /Norway/Poland | 2011 | col. | 28 mins | dir. Martin Clapp | animation | cert. tbc | in English

Anna, bitterly missing her father, decides to run away. Seeing her leave, her cousin Chip-Chip follows her. To shake him off she hides in a pile of junk, stumbles into an old piano… that transforms into a magical flying machine. They are both whisked into the air, on something that seems to be the cross between a piano, an air ship, and a giant sailing ship.

Workshop 11.00am

Discover the nuts and bolts of the piano with expert Alain Chauvel, piano tuner and technician. He will fill you in on the history of the piano from its beginnings to today, unveil the secrets of organology, and explain how each part works and why it is useful. You will also learn how to choose, care for, and make the most of your piano – so bring your questions and prepare to learn a host of fascinating piano facts!

Fri 4 Apr, 9.30 – 11.30am | £3 per student, free for teachers | ages 8+



Information & booking:
or ask for our School Activities Manager:
020 7871 3511

Institut français du Royaume-Uni
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT