Lesson 1: Shape 1: Seeing simple shapes

Children go on a shape hunt around the school, identifying, drawing and labelling the different shapes that make up the objects they find

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise and draw simple geometric shapes found in everyday objects

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Some pupils can press too hard, drawing with thick, heavy lines. Encourage light sketching so that they can rub out any mistakes.

If this doesn’t work, try using H or 2H pencils.


Pupils working at greater depth: Some pupils might sketch the basic shapes out easily and want to move on to drawing detail. Make sure they’ve spent time observing and identifying the underlying shapes before they do this.

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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