Primary teaching resources: Illustrating the Curriculum

Using illustration for learning across the curriculum.

Developing art and design skills is vital for children of all ages, but it’s not always easy for busy teachers to support this. All our free Key Stage 2 resources are designed specifically to make it easier for teachers to support this crucial development of their pupils’ skills and confidence.

Below, you'll find six accessible, hands-on activities with step-by-step instructions and examples, alongside skills-building resources to support them. These tried-and-tested resources combine to provide teachers with simple but effective ways to use illustration to teach curriculum subjects including English, PSHE, humanities and science.

These resources were developed by illustrators Sion Ap Tomos, Merlin Evans and Toya Walker as part of a four year project with three primary schools in Islington, funded by Children and the Arts. Resources designed by Toya Walker.

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The Activities:

Activity 1 – Building Skills: Drawing with Pencil

Activity 2 – Applying Skills: Pencil Character Passports

Activity 3 – Building Skills: Drawing with Ink

Activity 4 – Applying Skills: 3D Anglo-Saxon Homes (includes printable templates)

Activity 5 – Building Skills: Watercolour Painting

Activity 6 – Applying Skills: Botanical Illustration (includes reference pictures)

Activity 7 – Applying Skills: Multilingual Animal Sounds Poster

Please find the resources below, ready to download now!