Year 4: Art and design Every picture tells a story

Develop children’s ability to analyse, unpick and understand works of art, using inference to suggest what different subjects may be thinking or feeling and predicting what might be happening in a scene and would could happen next. They also have the opportunity to create their own photo collages and abstract art inspired by the work explored

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: David Hockney: My Parents

Analysing David Hockney’s, ‘My Parents’ using the the formal elements acting out the scene within it.

Learning Objective

To understand how to analyse a famous painting

Lesson 2: Paula Rego: The Dance

Analysing Paula Rego’s 'The Dance' to discuss and justify opinions with reference to the formal elements

Learning Objective

To understand how to find meaning in painting

Lesson 3: Edward Hopper: Table for Ladies

Creating role-plays to view the work from another perspective; helping understand the story of the painting.

Lesson 4: Pieter Bruegel: Children's Games

Exploring Bruegel’s painting, 'Children's Games'; recreating as a modern photo collage.

Learning Objective

To develop analytical skills to respond to a painting 

Lesson 5: Fiona Rae

Using Fiona Rae's work to develop understanding of abstract art, creating a piece to represent similar themes

Learning Objective

To apply interpretation skills to analyse and respond to an abstract painting

Lesson 6: Leonardo Da Vinci: The Last Supper: Easter themed

Analysing Leonardo Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' and responding via a choice of art appreciation activities.

Learning Objective

To understand how artists use art to tell stories and evoke feelings

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. Use at the start of the unit to assess where pupils are in their learning and at the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources