Lesson 5: Pattern 3: Flower of life

Using a compass and following precise instructions, children make an image of overlapping and interconnected circles to recreate the sacred geometric symbol, 'the flower of life'.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a geometric pattern

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Improve their mastery of Art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May struggle to use a compass so they might require a circular template. Then they need to make sure they position the circle template through the centre point each time they draw a circle.


Pupils working at greater depth: Might draw the flower of life more easily and progress to drawing a repeating pattern using this method.

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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