How drawings could save your life

A lesson in which pupils learn to observe and draw leaves, developing their artistic skills and exploring simple scientific ideas around human survival.

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 5

Subjects: Art, Science

Resource Overview

We are often told to draw what we see, rather than just what we think we see. However, this lesson encourages pupils to draw what they want to show, rather than just what they see. To do this, pupils will have to really understand the object in front of them by closely observing it, before then trying to get this across in their leaf drawing.

The class then make comparisons of the leaf drawings to assess accuracy, and end with a game to see whether their drawings are useful in helping others to identify leaves.

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Resource Assets


Lesson Plan

Pupils explore how to use drawings to share ideas accurately, and increase their proficiency in drawing to communicate technical information clearly. They develop knowledge and critical understanding of how art is used in the fields of science and technology.


Guide to Drawing Leaves

This guide gets the pupils drawing accurately by observing leaves – following a handful of simple steps created for The Eden Project by a botanical artist.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
    • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
      • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
        • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
          • Record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
          • Take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate