Arts-led resources

Pop-up puppets project

Introduce the processes of designing and making to primary pupils with this creative project, combining skills learnt in technology, art, English and drama.

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Teaching the digestive system through drama - STEAM resource

The following unit of work is based on statutory requirements found in the
science curriculum for Years 3 and 4. The requirements lend themselves to
interactive drama work that will reinforce important concepts about digestion,
nutrition and how the human body moves. Below you will find four lesson plans
that detail opportunities for class, group, paired and individual movement work.
Guidance is also given as to how these activities could be useful for assessment
purposes. A large space such as the hall would be the most suitable space for
activities, but adaptations could be made for a classroom with desks and chairs
pushed to the side. The unit of work was published in Teaching Drama magazine, Autumn 1, 2016/2017.
By info106

STEAM. Art and Maths. Symmetry Images

30 beautiful kaleidoscopic images which challenge students to work out how many lines of symmetry there are. Images range in complexity from 9 to 2 lines of symmetry. Ideal as visual support for STEAM lessons.
By Start Education

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is a program that that enables you to create and to work with vector graphics.
Suitable for Illustrator CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC on either a PC or a Mac.
In these step-by-step activities we investigate:
• the Illustrator workspace and basic operations
• the difference between raster and vector graphics; common file types of each
• fill and stroke
• drawing lines and shapes; fill and stroke
• selection and direct selection
• using the pen, pencil, blob brush and paintbrush tools
• the shape builder tool
• tracing a line drawing and converting it to a vector graphic
• Type tools: text, paragraph, path, and special effects
• converting text to a vector shape.
By Kevin Savage

Water Drop Art

Learn about surface tension by creating a picture using drops of coloured water. Have your students ever seen little balls of water on pieces of grass? This happens because of the cohesion of water. The molecules that make up water are attracted to each other and like to stick together when they cannot soak into something.
By ChildrensMuseumOfHouston1

Designing Greek Monuments in 3D

In the Designing Greek Monuments in 3D lesson, students design new monuments to honor events in Greek history, Greek gods, or another aspect of Ancient Greece. After sketching their design on paper, students create their designs in 3D using the web-based modeling tool TinkerCad. Finally, students explain their creations in a short essay to accompany their designs.

Topics addressed:
Architectural style of monuments in Ancient Greece
Historical and cultural significance of Greek monuments
Primary CT concept: abstraction. Students distill information about a Greek god or an event in Greek history into a relatively simple 3D design that symbolizes their chosen topic.

Students will be able to:
Design an architectural structure to represent a Greek god or event in Greek history
Create a monument in 3D using TinkerCad
Explain how their monument symbolizes their chosen topic

PowerPoint presentation
Student worksheet

Create a Google Doc assignment in Google Classroom where students can write their short essay and share the link to their monument in TinkerCad
Familiarize yourself with TinkerCad for thirty minutes or so, to better support students who have questions while learning how to create models in 3D

Suggested lesson breakdown:
This activity can be run in one longer period, or split over two shorter periods.
10min – activity introduction with PowerPoint presentation
15min – students (individually) select a topic for their monument and draw their 2D sketch on the worksheet
5min – walk students through logging into TinkerCad
10min – students (individually) work through TinkerCad introductory lessons
40min – students create their monuments using TinkerCad
10min – students write a short two-paragraph essay explaining how their design relates to their selected topic
By Eli Sheldon

Algebra of Art

Learning Objective: Deconstruct artworks by using algebra

This lesson helps students make sense of how the world can be represented with equations. By combing art and algebra, to learning areas that students commonly hold as opposites, students are able to gain a much better appreciation of the role that algebra plays in making sense of the world.

Features of this lesson:
- Differentiation
- Cross-curricular links
- E-learning

By Danielle Myburgh

Make a butterfly kite

Make a butterfly kite! Just download the instructions and choose your butterfly template: Get kids outdoors exploring and bring the outdoors into your classroom with this fresh activity from the Woodland Trust's nature detectives website.
By naturedetectives

Textiles smart materials textile technology

ATTACHING LEDS TO TEXTILES PROJECTS (more resources under NEW smart materials)The light stitches material may be used in schools and colleges provided original copyright is acknowledged. The instructions enclosed show how to attach electronics to textile projects using possytronics conductive thread and kits, the instructions also show how to make switches using textile materials :
By possytronics


This unit of work had been designed to compliment the SUNFLOWERS SCIENCE/LITERACY - UNIT OF WORK. These units of work include everything you will ever need to complete a topic on Sunflowers. This part of the unit covers the Numeracy/Art aspects of the topic with close links to Science. Numeracy has a Powerpoint presentation that starts the investigation into Fibonacci patterns. There is also activities that cover; measuring and shape sorting activities, estimating and fun money/costing activities. An enrichment Art activity explores the 15 Sunflowers by Van Gogh and the pupils are then challenged to solve some thought provoking time/date related word problems.This work can be completed in class or set as an extended homework activity.
By crigdon

Forest School Challenge Cards

These 30 Forest School Challenge Cards are just what you need to encourage creativity and exploration in your own Forest School. All the challenges are designed to be fun, interesting and stimulate children's imagination.

Pack includes 30 challenge cards and digital backing paper so that you can make your challenge cards look stunning on both sides.

1 PDF file A4 size cards
1 PDF file A6 size cards (4 to an A4 sheet)
1 PDF file digital backing paper

Simply download, print and laminate and use outdoors for lots of fun. Enjoy!
By Miranda Pemberton

Scarecrow building activity

Scarecrow building activity. Get your class in the fall spirit with this DIY scarecrow activity.

The PDF includes:
- Large Scarecrow - Black and White DIY coloring template: Pages 2-6
- Small Scarecrow - Black and White DIY coloring template: Page 7
- Teaching tips: Page 8
- Large Scarecrow - Full Color template: Pages 9-13
- Small Scarecrow - Full Color template: Pages 14

Teacher Tips:
-Materials: You will need to cut out the Scarecrow and adhere the arms, legs, head and feet.
-I recommend lamination or printing on card stock paper for years of use!
-Print on construction paper, have the kids color their own, or print the version in full color.
-Great to include with fall or farm lesson plans. Display on a fall bulletin board or for harvest festival decor.
-For a fun fall book to accompany the lesson try reading the book ‘The Scarecrow's Dance’ by Jane Yolen.
-To round out your scarecrow lesson, here is a WONDERFUL song to accompany the scarecrow activity in class:

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Song with Actions:

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By creativeteachersabroad

The Three Little Pigs STEM Challenge

This Three Little Pigs STEM challenge is perfect to engage your little scientists during a topic on traditional tales.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) investigations give children an opportunity for hands-on, open-ended, collaborative exploration.

Pack includes:
- Student Recording Journal (front page editable for adding student's name)
- Student Challenge Cards - these handy cards explain the challenge and list the materials needed(an editable version is also included for you to add your own materials if you wish)
- Materials and Preparation - detailed information on what you'll need and how to set up the challenges
- Teacher Directions - a step by step account of the process and hints and tips
- What is STEM? - an information sheet on the importance of STEM subjects for primary school children
By Miranda Pemberton

Making Musical Instruments DT

Lesson Plans and booklets for making Musical Instruments
By slaher115

DT musical instruments

Hopefully this is everything you'll need to teach this topic, apart from the physical resources obviously. Please ignore any references to lesson observation in some of the titles: I used some of these during an observation and haven't changed the title since. Please review this resource. Also suitable for SEN. If you found this helpful, please leave a review. Thank you.
By senteachinginfo

Making Your Own Comics in Microsoft Word

Simple instructions for creating your own comics using the drawing tools in Microsoft Word. This is a fun and imaginative way to teach English language essentials such as visual literacy, story writing and dialogue (both external and internal) to middle school students. It may also prove useful as a means of story boarding drama and multimedia projects or exploring social interactions. This resource can be used by teachers as an aid for guided instruction or distributed directly to students as a printed worksheet. If you find it useful please provide a review.
By Steve Kelly

Strawket STEM Project

This STEM project combines engineering skills with math and language arts. Students will be tasked with designing a “rocket” that is powered by wind. Using only straws, paper, and tape, students will try to create the rocket that flies the farthest. Throughout the process, students will use the data from their rockets to work with multiple math standards such as fractions, line plots and conversions.
There are also several cross-curricular extensions included!
By jeffandjesse

A look at STEM in the development of the B-29 Superfortress

This interactive powerpoint uses 360 film, animation and clickable images to reveal answers to questions exploring the history and development of the B-29 Superfortress bomber in the Second World War. This presentation looks at STEM subjects for Key stages 3 and 4 using questions to encourage student enquiry.
Accompanying downloadable teacher notes are available providing further information and ideas linking to the National Curriculum for Science and Maths.
By ImperialWarMuseums

Electronic music

Find out how to make music with electronic synthesisers and create a new soundtrack for one of our animations.
By EnergiseAnything