Lesson 1: Mood board

Children carefully select and curate fabrics, colours, textures and images to inspire them in this topic through making a mood board

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a mood board

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Ask these children questions that will prompt them to create their mood boards:

– Is there a special place you’ve been?

– What colour are the walls of your room?

– Do you have a favourite band/ team/sport/TV programme/hobby/game/app?

Ask children to justify their mood board choices verbally, rather than in writing.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage children to write their words as calligrams (letter style or word shape represents the word itself).

Use a thesaurus to add synonyms to the board for words chosen.

Provide reasons as to why they have chosen the selected items on their mood boards.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comicA series of drawings which tell a story characters and…
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