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Art and design

Lesson 3: Emojis

Pictographs existed even before language did and children use the ever prevalent pictogram of the 21st century, the emoji, to create sentences and convey meaning

Learning objectives

  • To use visual symbols to create a meaningful message

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Become proficient in drawing, painting sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be given a simple message to create with emoji faces if you have chosen to assign messages to pupils. They could also work with a reduced number of emoji faces.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be assigned one of the tasks to generate their own messages (see the main event example).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art and Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comic characters and strips. Simon is a member of The…
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