Lesson 1: Human alphabet

Children work as a group to position their bodies to make human letter forms.

Learning objective

  • To create body sculptures

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May produce better results by concentrating first on the easier letterforms such as A, I, L, T   and then, when they have built up confidence, moving on to make the harder letterforms.

Pupils working at greater depth: May be more physically dexterous and able to move their bodies into elaborate forms. May also envisage new ways in which letterforms can be made.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art & Design specialist
Paul has 22 years experience of teaching art as a specialist subject in both Primary and Secondary schools. He is a council member with the National Society for Education and his expertise has led him to deliver CPD for leading…
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