Year 5: Art and design Every picture tells a story

Looking at the meaning behind art, children: analyse the intentions of Banksy; make ink symmetry prints inspired by psychologist Rorschach; tell a story using emojis; use drama to recreate a poignant war scene and are inspired by the ceramic work of Magdalene Odundo, to work expressively outside

Choose your lesson

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.

Lesson 2: Inspired by Rorschach

Children learn about abstract art and the inkblots that inspired Andy Warhol's 'Rorschach, 1984' then have a go at creating and interpreting their own symmetrical ink drawings.

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

Lesson 4: The Front Line: John Singer Sargent

Through the piece ‘Gassed’ by John Singer Sargent, pupils explore the human side of the image and work in groups to reenact the scene from WW 1, positioning themselves like the soldiers in the piece and taking a photo of the final composition

Lesson 5: Magdalene Odundo

By loosely playing around with shapes, Kenyan artist Magdalene Odundo creates ideas for her ceramic pots, and children work in the same way, with space around them, using chalk and their whole bodies to make long sweeping arm movements.

Learning Objective

To develop ideas for 3D work through drawing and visualisation in 2D.

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. Use at the start of the unit to assess where pupils are in their learning and at the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources