Teachers' resources for secondary schools & colleges

Download our free lesson plans for Key Stage 3 – 5 students (ages 11 – 18) covering many areas of our collections and varied exhibition programme.

Art, Craft & Design

Art, Craft & Design

These resources support self-guided visits to collections on permanent display:

20th Century Design

Key stages 3-5 Design & Technology and Art & Design

Explore the 20th century using this resource to support teaching and learning linked to the National Curriculum for D&T and Art & Design. This resource meets key criteria for AQA, Edexcel, and OCR D&T GCSE specifications by linking with suggested artists, designers, themes and movements from this period and beyond.

Exploring Calligraphy in Islamic Art

Key Stages 3 – 5: Art & Design, Design & Technology

Learn about Islamic culture and design through calligraphy. Investigate the links between design, language and communication in cultures past and present.

Exploring Plant-Based Design in Islamic Art

Key Stage 3 – 5: Art & Design, Design & Technology

Study examples of Islamic plant-based designs at the V&A and give students inspiration for creative projects.

Pattern in Architecture

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design, Design & Technology

Explore pattern through the V&A and RIBA architecture collections.

Design Processes

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design, Design & Technology

Learn about the design processes and inspiration behind iconic buildings in the V&A and RIBA architecture collections and use these ideas to inspire new product design projects.

Exploring Skylines

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design, Design & Technology

Explore a range of drawing techniques to record architectural details and features with reference to the work of other artists and architects. Develop research skills and create ideas for school-based follow-up activities inspired by architecture at the V&A and the local built environment.

Fashion

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design, Design & Technology

Research the extensive fashion collections at the V&A and use them to inspire new designs.

Fashion & Textiles: State of Early Modern Undress

Key Stage 4 & 5: Art & Design and Design & Technology
Also suitable for Higher Education groups

These booklets support a self-guided handling resource session to explore replica costumes of outfits worn by 17th Century Spanish royalty. Develop an understanding of garment construction and take inspiration for future design projects.

£45, bookable timeslots
10.30 – 12.30 & 13.00 – 15.00

Bookings office:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 9.00 – 17.30, Monday – Friday
Email: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Photography

Key Stage 4 & 5: Photography, Art & Design

Support teaching and learning inspired by the Museum’s national collection of photography.

Jewellery

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design, Design & Technology

Explore the V&A’s collection of European jewellery from 1200 to the present day, looking at the different materials and techniques featured, the function and context of the objects, and the inspiration behind the designs.

PERFORMING ARTS, MEDIA AND ENGLISH

PERFORMING ARTS, MEDIA AND ENGLISH

Theatre & Performance

Key Stage 3 & 4: Drama and English

Explore the different aspects of performance such as costume, production and promotion.

Peter Brook

Key Stage 5: English, Drama, History

Discover why Brook and his collaborators approached particular plays and themes and consider how these could be relevant today.

An Inspector Calls

Key Stage 3 – 5: English, Drama, History

Understand more about the world of film through the exploration of museum galleries, objects and collections. Explore Britain 1760 – 1900 and Theatre and Performance.

Belle

Key Stage 3 – 5: English, Drama, History

Understand more about the world of film through the exploration of museum galleries, objects and collections. Explore Britain 1760 – 1900 and Fashion.

Great Expectations

Key Stage 3 – 5: English, Drama, History

Understand more about the world of film through the exploration of museum galleries, objects and collections. Explore Britain 1760 – 1900 and Paintings.

Twelfth Night

Key Stage 3 – 5: English, Drama, History

Understand more about the world of film through the exploration of museum galleries, objects and collections. Explore Britain 1500 – 1760, Paintings and Theatre and Performance.

Much Ado About Nothing

Key Stage 3 – 5: English, Drama, History

Understand more about the world of film through the exploration of museum galleries, objects and collections. Explore Theatre and Performance and Medieval and Renaissance.

Pride and Prejudice

Key Stage 3 – 5: English, Drama, History

Understand more about the world of film through the exploration of museum galleries, objects and collections. Explore Britain 1760 – 1900.

Romeo and Juliet

Key Stage 3 – 5: English, Drama, History

Understand more about the world of film through the exploration of museum galleries, objects and collections. Explore Theatre and Performance and Medieval and Renaissance.

Throne of Blood

Key Stage 3 – 5: English, Drama, History

Understand more about the world of film through the exploration of museum galleries, objects and collections. Explore Japan and Theatre and Performance.

Exhibition resources

Exhibition resources

Resources supporting visits to temporary exhibitions. Some resources are for exhibitions that have now closed but many of the activities can be adapted for use in the classroom and our permanent collections.

Frida Kahlo

Key Stages 3 – 5: Art & Design

This resource explores some of the key themes from the exhibition. It aims to unpick how Kahlo crafted her identity through dress, painting and photography and encourage students to reflect on their own heritage and identity.

Fashioned From Nature

Key Stages 3–5: Art & Design and Design & Technology

The Future Starts Here

Key Stage 4 & 5 Design & Technology and Key Stage 4 Citizenship

Ove Arup: Engineering the World and the Total Philosophy of Design

Key Stage 4 & 5: Art & Design and Design & Technology

Explore ideas around architecture, engineering and the built environment.

Fabric of India

Key Stage 4 & 5: Art & Design, Design & Technology, Textiles

Research traditional Indian textiles and the way in which they have inspired contemporary designers.

Alexander McQueen

Key Stage 4 & 5: Art & Design, Design & Technology, Textiles

Explore the design processes of one of the world’s most iconic fashion designers, before developing fashion and textile designs inspired by the Museum’s collections.

Jameel Prize 3

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design and Design & Technology

The Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. This resource will help students to explore the relationship between traditional and contemporary Islamic art and design.

Pearls

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design and Design & Technology

The resource will help students to explore the history of pearls in jewellery design, and the symbolism behind their use.

Constable

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design

Deepen their understanding of Constable’s artistic practice. Many of the activities can be adapted for use in the classroom or with Constable’s works on display in our permanent collections.

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting

For use with Primary or Secondary

Explore key themes and genres in Chinese art and learn about the meanings of commonly found motifs.

Disobedient Objects

Key Stage 3 & 4: Art & Design, Citizenship and Design & Technology

exhibitFocussing on the art and design of grassroots social movements this resource will encourage students to explore the role of design objects in social movements.