Lesson 1: David Hockney: My Parents (Original scheme)

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

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • About great artists, architects and designers in history 

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


For pupils needing extra support: Emphasise that there are no wrong answers to encourage pupils to express their opinions. Develop their answers by asking: What makes you think that?

Have some key vocabulary on display for the children to refer to.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage them to expand on their answers justifying their responses.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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