Lesson 4: Colour 1: Making colours (Original scheme)

Identifying primary colours and exploring how secondary colours can be mixed.

Learning objective

  • Investigate how to mix secondary colours.

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need reminding of the primary colours needed to create the secondary colours.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could be challenged to suggest how they might adapt the secondary colours as they mix them in the Main event, eg how could you mix a lighter green?

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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