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Art and design

Lesson 1: Exploring prehistoric art (Original scheme)

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

Learning objective

  • To understand how prehistoric man made art, and to reflect this style in their work

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • 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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson


Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could draw around simple geometric shapes such as circular or oval building blocks. Alternatively, you could print some circles or ovals for them to adapt to create their animal.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should combine more than one animal into a scene or work with other pupils to develop a more elaborate composition and work with a greater level of control and detail.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art and 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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