Lesson 2: Paula Rego: The Dance (Original scheme)

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

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


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from having discussion prompts to help them to offer their opinion in a group, e.g.: I think that…, Perhaps…, I can see that…, etc.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage extended open questions such as ‘Why do you think that?”

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Susan Coles,  
Art and Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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