Lesson 4: Drawing: My toy story

Bringing in their favourite soft toy from home, children draw from observation, first positioning the toy so they have their preferred vantage point, then sketching in the basic shape outlines using the natural movement of the wrist before finally adding in details

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To draw from observation

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: A bird’s eye view of the toy might be easier for some children. You may need to help them with the basic shapes.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can accurately reproduce the shapes and apply detail, texture, and colour.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate of art in schools. Her roles include: Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the National Society for Education…
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