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Please note: The information on this page was originally put together to support the old QCA schemes of work for art. Teachers may find some of the links to resources still useful but the units of work no longer apply and you should independently verify the accuracy of the information yourself before placing any reliance upon it.


Year 1


Teaching Activity



Self Portrait

Children make a self-portrait to communicate ideas about themselves. They talk about images of children in drawings, paintings and photographs and artists’ self-portraits in order to develop ideas about how they will portray themselves. They investigate a range of drawing materials and techniques and learn how to mix and use colour in a painting.


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Children could reproduce their portraits on the computer.

Online activity to practice drawing a face.


Take digital photos of pupils and create effects using a paint package or photo editing software.

Take digital photographs of different parts of the body and add description using hyperlinks.

Use a digital Camera and take a photograph of the pupil. Create line drawings using the photograph and a graphics tablet. Use a paint package to ‘fill’ in the portrait.

After taking a digital photo, use the effect tools in a program such as "Paint Shop Pro" to make a line or charcoal drawing of the photo. This can be used as an aid to assist with children's portrait drawing.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).



Investigating Materials

In this unit children investigate the qualities of a variety of natural and made materials. They learn skills for weaving and gain sensory experience of materials and an understanding of colour and texture. They learn about how textiles are used in their own and others' lives.

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Use intel microscope to explore the construction of different fabrics.

Use a scanner to create a collage using different types of materials.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).


What is Sculpture

In this unit children develop their understanding of shape, form, texture and the sensory qualities of materials. They learn about the work of sculptors and about different kinds of sculpture, including those made of natural materials. They also learn skills for arranging materials they have collected to make a relief collage and a sculpture.

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Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

Year 2


Teaching Activity

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Picture this!

Children explore an issue or event in their lives. They learn how to use a viewfinder and record their observations and ideas using a variety of methods, including photography and collage. They look at and comment on the work of photographers and illustrators.


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After children have created a picture with a viewfinder take a digital photo of the object. Compare the drawing with the photograph.

On an interactive whiteboard use hide or spotlight tools to reveal parts of a photograph or picture.


Use an art package to crop a digital photo or scanned magazine image and ask children to complete on screen.


Look at examples of illustrations in children's story books.

Take a digital photo of the children acting out a scene that shows key moments from a story. Look at examples of posed and action shots.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).


Mother Nature, designer

In this unit children explore line, shape, colour and texture in natural forms. They make observations of natural objects and use their observations as the basis for textile design. They use their experience of fabrics to make a collage and learn and use simple techniques for appliqué.

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Walk around the school and take digital photos of plants and animals in different areas. Children can use the zoom facility in an art package to observe the shapes and textures.

Collect dead or dying materials to investigate under a digital microscope.


Create an on screen collage of natural objects by using a flatbed scanner or a search engine (Google) to gather images. Use a paint or photo editing software (Paintshop Pro) to manipulate the images.

Look at the work of Artists who use nature for inspiration


Create a William Morris style picture using the stamps in an art package


Children use an art package to create a picture inspired by the work of Nancy Smith Klos.



Can Buildings Speak?

Children explore shape and pattern in buildings. They begin by producing prints and rubbings of patterns found in buildings and go on to look at, and record, the use of shape, space and pattern in local buildings. They question how these features tell us something about the purpose of the building. They work in groups to produce a relief sculpture for temporary display, using their first-hand observations as a starting point.

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Show examples of public buildings


Walk around the school and use digital camera as 'viewfinder' to look closely at shapes and patterns in the buildings. The images can be used as inspiration for paintings, drawings, etc or could be manipulated using an art package.


Use digital camera, scanner or Internet to capture images of buildings. Use paint or photo software to manipulate the images to create a piece of art.

Look at examples of murals created by artists.

Use a digital photo as inspiration for a large scale mural.

Use grid function on a Promethean whiteboard to help design plan of large mural.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

Year 3


Teaching Activity

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Portraying Relationships

Children investigate how paintings, prints, photographs and other images that include figures communicate ideas about relationships. They use composition skills to make a double portrait that conveys ideas about themselves and their relationship with another person in their lives.


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Teacher or children can use web links on the right or online art galleries to find portraits of groups or families to investigate and discuss.


Use the pictures to inspire their own work.

Use Picsearch image search (try searching for 'parent and child' or 'friends') to find photographs of different relationships.

Use a camera to take a photo of a composition showing the relationship between two figures. This photo can be used as the basis for their own paintings.



Investigating Pattern

Children investigate patterns in textiles from different times and cultures. They use ideas from these as a starting point for developing their own designs. They investigate stenciling and print-making techniques and explore ways of combining and organising shapes, colours and patterns to make a decorative textile piece.


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Children create patterns using an art package based on different times, cultures, animals or plants.




Use paint software to explore symmetry


Resources to support teaching and learning (Online free subcription, Lesson plans, printables and pictures).


Can We Change Place?

Children explore sculpture in public buildings and spaces. They explore and use shape, form, colour and pattern to make a maquette or model of a sculpture for a site in the school or the local area. They compare the ideas, methods and approaches used in the work of different sculptors.


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Children can explore the work of different Sculptors on the Internet.

They can insert the pictures found into a word document to write a description of the sculptors work.


Visit examples of local sculptures, and use a digital camera to record images from different views.


Choose a nearby area, e.g. playground, garden, and talk about its design and purpose. Ask the children to use the digital camera to take photographs of shapes, colours and patterns.

A video camera or tape recorder could be used to record people’s comments about how the area is used and what they think and feel about it.

The children can look at Henry Moore's maquette studio when working in their groups on the small-scale version of their sculpture.


Email sculptor to ask for information about their work.

Year 4


Teaching Activity

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Children explore how to convey the atmosphere and story of a dream. They explore different viewpoints in the school environment as a setting for their dream. They invent a number of characters who are photographed ‘on location’ and develop a narrative to describe the dream. They go on to make prints based on the narrative. They compare the ideas, methods and approaches used in their own and other artists’ and print makers’ work.


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Using the Digital Camera the children can take photos of themselves. Images can then be manipulated using different 'effects' in photo or paint software to create effects.


Use a video or a digital camera to take a short video sequence of the dream.


Use flash to create a dream sequence.

Use an Art package and a graphics tablet to draw the feelings of dreams

Look at artists who used the theme of dreams and nightmares in their work.


Create multi-media collage based on a personal dream or fantasy







Use a whiteboard to display slideshow.

Use a digital camera to create a fantasy world.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).


Take a Seat

In this unit children explore the design of chairs. They discuss what chairs tell us about everyday life and the way people rest, eat and relate to each other. They look at examples of designs in the past and in other cultures as inspiration for developing their own imaginative designs for a chair for a particular character or occasion.


Children can use a digital camera to take photographs of different sorts of chairs around the school or local area.



Children search the Internet for pictures of chairs in common use.

An interactive whiteboard is ideal for pointing out and annotating design features and parts of the chair when displayed on the board

Look at and compare chairs from different times and cultures. Identify the similarities and differences in the shapes and forms of chairs.

The digital camera can be used to take pictures during construction for writing about afterwards or of the finished product to incorporate into stories about the character the chair is designed for.



Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).




Children explore how signs, symbols and metaphors can be used to communicate ideas and meanings about a journey. They produce a mixed-media work, combining drawing, painting, collage and print-making techniques. They learn about artists, craftspeople and designers who communicate their ideas through signs and symbols.

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Create multi-media collage based on journeys.

Explore a range of maps and aerial photographs


Use the Internet to explore a range of symbolic art from different cultures.


Use a painting package to begin to explore symbolic journey ideas



Explore signs and symbols and their meanings, and use them inspire own designs.

Clipart cd roms or Microsoft Office Clipart has many examples of signs and symbols to explore


Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).


Year 5


Teaching Activity

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Objects and Meanings

Children select, arrange and present objects in a still-life painting. They investigate the work of artists who have used the theme of still life in a variety of ways to convey ideas and feelings. They develop skills of observation and recording, and knowledge and understanding of colour, tone and composition.

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Look at the work of artists, which could be used as a basis for their own work, on the internet.

Create still life paintings using the ‘stamp’ tool in an art package based on artists’ work.



Place a series of objects (e.g. Fruit and veg.) on a flat bed scanner to create a still life picture.


Use a scanner or a search engine (Picsearch) to collect images for a still life. Use photo or paint software (Paint Shop) to manipulate the images to create an on screen collage.

Create a still life line drawing using an art package and use paint tools to complete the picture.


Scan pupils’ paintings and create an online ‘Art Gallery’ on the schools’ website.


Use digital camera as a viewfinder, take picture of subject(s)/object(s) and use photograph as stimulation for painting.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).



Children explore the craft tradition of making vessels and containers. They develop their own designs and build a three-dimensional form to represent a vessel or container that will hold something special that they would wish for. They consider examples by contemporary designers and ceramicists and look at work from different cultures.

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Introduce pupils to the work of contemporary craftspeople.

Teachers and children can obtain examples from the web site opposite.


Pupils use the British Museum’s ‘Compass’ to explore containers from around the world.


Take digital photographs of completed containers and create an online art gallery on the school website.


Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).


Talking Textiles

In this unit children explore how stories have been represented in textiles in different times and cultures. They work together to make a two- or three-dimensional work based on a familiar story, myth or legend. They investigate and use a range of materials, techniques and textile processes to create surface patterns and textures and other visual and sound effects.

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Look at the Bayeux Tapestry.

Plan, draw or design an Egyptian tomb painting using an Art Package and Clipart


Create Egyptian Tomb Paintings using photo shop, paint shop and/or scanner.

Create a tapestry using an art package to retell a story e.g. Theseus and the Minotaur.

Look at symmetry in Tibetan Shrine Cloth – create your own design using an Art Package


Use an art package to create Vietnamese Ceramic designs

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

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Year 6


Teaching Activity

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People in Action

Children explore how to convey movement in their work. They explore dynamic activities such as sport, dance, drama and music as a starting point for making work in two dimensions. They look at how the idea of movement is shown in different kinds of art, such as photography, illustrations, cartoons, paintings, prints, and experiment with different methods and techniques to show movement.


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Use images of movement to show technique.


Use Web sites to find movement examples. The web site opposite has sports images highlighting expression.


Use a video camera when rehearsing body gesture and movement. Children can watch in ‘slow motion’ the act of falling, sprinting from a start line or a dance move. Discuss ideas and feelings about this.



In pairs make a series of short poses that describe the sequence of an action and ask the other to record the poses with a camera and then use these to make outline drawings in sketchbooks.


Create a multimedia presentation including digital photos and video, and the work of famous artists.


Children can use the Internet to research the work of different artists and photographers and identify a range of ways in which figures and forms in movement can be represented. Discuss the ways in which visual effects can be used to show movement.


Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).


What a Performance

Children investigate headwear and costume worn in different times and cultures, including theatre costume. They use this as a starting point for designing and making a piece of headwear for a character in a story, using a range of textiles and other materials.


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Look at examples of theatre designs, costumes, and headwear from different times and cultures.



Look at examples of the work of contemporary designer–makers.


Develop a design brief, for groups or for the whole class, to design a piece of headwear for a character in a story, e.g. design and make a hat for the Madhatter’s Tea Party.


Use the digital camera to take photos of the work in progress to compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others’ work.


Make an on screen hat gallery

Use the video camera to record a fashion show or the performance of the characters in their plays.



A Sense of Place

Children explore the rural and/or urban landscape as a starting point for two-dimensional work. They record their observations through drawing and photography. They use shape, form, space, colour, texture and pattern to develop and communicate their ideas in a painting. They consider the ideas, methods and approaches of artists who have responded to landscapes in different ways.


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Use of digital camera to record the landscapes they visit. These can then be used as a reference point.



Set up an email project where pupils email descriptions of landscapes to each other. Pupils create pictures based on the descriptions.

Online interactive activity for interpreting photos.

The children could create a virtual gallery of work using the digital camera or scanner.


Use the internet to research landscape painters like Constable, Gainsborough, Hockney, Turner, Heron, Sutherland, Leger, Escher.
On an interactive whiteboard, individual images can be annotated and then saved to a “notebook” to be printed or revisited.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).


Teaching activity

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General Unit

Visiting a museum, gallery or site

This unit provides a structure for a visit to a museum, gallery or site, or any visit outside school. The visit would be most effectively used at the start or in the middle of a unit of work, so that work back at school can be based on the information and experience acquired. If it is used at the end of a unit, it can round off work in an enjoyable and exciting way, but to be effective, children must be able to see it as the culmination of what they have been learning.



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Use email/Internet to find out information about a gallery.

Children could also write up their notes on Word and make a presentation on the gallery or museum in Powerpoint.

Links for local art galleries and museums:

General Web Resources




An exciting range of art reproductions that covers the History of Art from cave painting to the present day.

7000 artists on database. Art Museums worldwide.


Artists in schools. Register of a wide range of artists and craftspeople who work with pupils of all ages. (Cambridge based)


Research, publications, materials and support for teachers.

Very well designed site of the Henry Moore Foundation, which is based in Hertfordshire. Publications, Henry Moore biography, events, newsletter.


Information on local artists, galleries, open studios, events and exhibitions.


Art, Craft and Design Publications

Victorian artist, particularly William Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites, Symbolists.


Exhibitions/competition/awards, virtual art gallery, UK galleries and museums by region.


Includes information on artists and works at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate St. Ives, Tate Liverpool.

Includes galleries of students' work (all Key Stages, lesson plans, links to art galleries, exam boards, examples of NC art levels, a wide range of multicultural resources.

Help for Resources

The resources on this page may be in any of the following formats as indicated beside the links.
Some of the electronic resources can be used as a paper and pencil/cut and stick activity.

Click for Help to download PDF files... Adobe acrobat (*.pdf)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Easyteach (*.et)
Excel 2003 (*.xls)

executable icon Executable (*.exe)
External web links (www)
information workshop Information workshop (iws)

PowerPoint 2003 (*.ppt)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Promethean (*.flp)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Smart Notebook (*.notebook)

Word 2003 (*.doc)
Resource from E2BN


eLearning resources in schools only... Some are also available from home for Hertfordshire teachers.