Lesson 1: Clacton pigeon mural: Banksy

Looking beyond the seemingly discriminatory tone of Banksy's Clacton pigeon mural, children consider what message Banksy was trying to convey, and alter the image to reflect British Values.

Learning objective

  • To evaluate and analyse creative work using the language of art, craft and design
  • To understand that art can have both meaning and message

National curriculum

Ensure pupils:

  • 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

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

The DfE advises that the promotion of British Values should be through SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development). Ofsted will also assess these through the wider curriculum.

According to Ofsted, ‘fundamental British Values’ are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith



Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be placed within a mixed ability group so there will be support for all learners. May need to use one of the class suggestions for how to alter the pigeon image.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should analyse and evaluate the messaging behind the artwork in greater depth. Should be able to come up with their own original ideas about how the message could be altered.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
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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