Key Stage 1

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

The Capel Family, by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen), circa 1640 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Capel Family
by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
circa 1640
NPG 4759

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, 1666 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Pepys
by John Hayls
NPG 211

Famous People: Storytelling

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.

Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London
Florence Nightingale
Mary Seacole
Beatrix Potter