Art and design Year 3 Prehistoric art

This topic is ideal for any class studying the Stone Age, or if you’re looking to explore a different style of art or techniques. Experimenting with charcoal, berries, leaves, homemade paints and more, children get a sense of what it was like to create art thousands of years ago and why these pieces were created

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: Exploring prehistoric art

Children are introduced to cave art and reflect upon the purpose of the drawings before working on developing their sense of proportion in drawing

Lesson 2: Charcoal animals

Children scale up their drawings from the previous lesson and use a different medium, charcoal, in their work

Lesson 3: Prehistoric palette

After experimenting with the colours and effects that can be created using natural materials, pupils make their own paints using spices and objects found on a nature walk

Lesson 4: Painting on the cave wall

Children paint the prehistoric animal picture that they drew earlier in the unit.

Lesson 5: Hands on a cave wall

Children work on a collaborative class piece of prehistoric inspired art, creating hand prints onto a textured background

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources