Lesson 4: Painting on the cave wall

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

Learning objective

  • To develop painting skills

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.
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need more support to sketch their animal. Encourage them to fill in all the gaps on their painting.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should successfully apply the cave painting style to their own composition, creating more elaborate scenes that may feature more than one animal.

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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