Renaissance learning

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci’s birthday (April 15) is a great time to remember the scientific discoveries and artistic creations that shaped the genius’ life and influenced our world today. He is considered the archetype of the ‘Renaissance Man’ and these hand-picked resources will help you introduce some aspects of his work and life to students.

Leonardo the man

Introduction to Leonardo Da Vinci

  • A short PowerPoint from moragmckimmon to introduce the artist before asking pupils to recreate Leonardo’s self-portrait.

A genius speaks

  • Da Vinci addresses students, telling them what inspired his obsession with detail in this BBCClassClips video.

Leonardo in time

  • Contextualise the Renaissance Man’s work with those who came before and after him with this fantastic journey from the dawn of science to the modern day.

Are you Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

  • A measuring investigation from cerhartnell to get the learner’s thinking – and studying Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.


The Renaissance and Italy

  • What was the Renaissance? Why did it spark in Italy? Find out in this colourful introduction.

Renaissance taboo

  • Can students profile key Renaissance players without using the phrases that made them famous?

Early modern man

  • Understand Leonardo’s place in the development of modern society.



  • Copy Da Vinci’s realistic style in this creative lesson.


  • Compare artistic annunciations including Da Vinci’s.

Mirror, mirror

  • Da Vinci was famous for his mirror writing, get students reflecting letters to unscramble these words.


Arty anatomy

  • Drawing on students’ bodies, Dr Alice turns them inside out on

Interactive insides

  • Test students’ knowledge of their muscles and joints with this interactive whiteboard lesson.

Da Vinci Proportions

  • Are students’ faces bigger than their hands? Was Da Vinci accurate in his anatomy? Investigate as a class.


Robotic knights

  • Da Vinci is considered to have invented the first robot. Mould robotic designers of the future with this D&T lesson.

Take flight

  • Inspire pupils to design their own flying machine with this animated trip from balloons to jets.

Bridge building

  • Teach students about structure and make the bridge makers of today.

Leonardo Da Vinci timeline

  • A timeline covering Leonardo Da Vinci’s life and achievements. Ideal for use as a part of a larger classroom display.

The Virgin of the Rocks, c. 1491-1508

  • A narrated video guide to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Virgin on the Rocks.

The complete notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

  • Gain an insight into how Da Vinci worked by studying his notebooks, made available by TES partner Project Gutenberg.

Leonardo Da Vinci flashcards

  • These flashcards can form the foundation of an assembly to celebrate the life and works of the Renaissance man.

The Da Vinci Code

  • The works of Da Vinci inspired Dan Brown’s controversial novel. Provoke debate and discussion about the way religion is presented in The Da Vinci Code.