Lesson 5: Self-portrait

A variety of different digital painting skills learnt so far are used in the creation of a digital self-portrait, where the introduction of decomposition skills are required to breakdown facial features into simple shapes

Learning objective

  • To understand how to layer shapes to create an image

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Provide shapes made out of coloured paper to help the children consider the different shapes and colours they will need, and the order in which they should layer them (for example, large oval, small brown/blue circles).


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage pupils to use a variety of tools to make their self-portrait more interesting. Could they also draw a picture of their friend, teacher or family member?

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Cat Lamin,  
Computing specialist
Cat was a committed primary school teacher for twelve years. After starting her independent consultancy ‘Crossover Solutions’ she has travelled to Argentina, Brazil and America to share her wealth of knowledge of computer science with other teachers. Her enjoyment for…
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