Reception to Year 2

Our engaging Gallery-based sessions are designed to raise pupils’ curiosity and build their confidence in looking at and responding to portraiture. Drawing activities support learning in the sessions.

90 minutes – unless otherwise stated
One class, maximum 30 pupils
All materials are provided

Children and Families

Pupils explore the lives of children from the past by learning to read family portraits. Through role play, discussion and drawing this interactive session encourages pupils to think, imagine and make connections between the portraits and their own life experiences.

Samuel Pepys
by John Hayls
NPG 211

Famous People:

Pupils discover stories about the lives of significant individuals from the past. Through questioning, observation and drawing pupils explore how the lives and achievements of the sitter have been portrayed in the portraits and displayed in the Gallery.

Samuel Pepys and Charles II
Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
Beatrix Potter

Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling ©National Portrait Gallery, London