Success on the cards

13th April 2007 at 01:00
Art Design Ages 11 to 16

Art and design can make a valuable contribution towards developing speaking and listening skills.

In our art department we have devised a set of review cards which we link to higher-order thinking skills and use as our "pass the puppet" plenary game.

The cards have questions like: 1. Explain your use of colour in your work (comprehension).

2. Tell us the properties of PVA glue (knowledge).

3. Argue the case why your work should be chosen to hang in the staff room (evaluation).

I model the sort of art language pupils will need to use, and the game works like pass the parcel.

The music plays and pupils pass around the puppet, when the music stops the pupil with the puppet puts it on, chooses, reads out and responds to a review card.

If they answer confidently they keep the card and the pupil with the most cards wins. We award star cards as our reward system.

Liz Stevens is head of art at Frankley High School in Birmingham Useful website for teachers: a brilliant selection of puppets can be found on

Win pound;50! Tell us your teaching secrets Share your brilliant idea with other teachers - and we'll pay you pound;50. Just send 150 words (plus details of a useful book or website), including your lesson's subject, age group and your own name and school to This must be your original idea.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now