We Are All Connected: Connected by Art

How can being creative connect us?

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5-6 6-7


Wellbeing and resilience Identity and diversity


Lesson plan


60 minutes

Connected by Art is a 60-minute creative lesson plan that invites pupils aged 5–7 to come together and create a collective artwork. As they do so, they see how their individual work of art can connect to a greater whole.

This lesson plan is inspired by Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that ‘Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities’. By exploring objects and textiles from other cultures and countries in this lesson plan, pupils look beyond themselves and connect with different cultures across the globe.

Connected by Art is part of We Are All Connected, a set of five 60-minute learning resources exploring children’s values and rights. Developed for Dreamachine by A New Direction in partnership with UNICEF UK, the nine-page PDF lesson plan includes plenty of prompts for discussions, plus links and resources for further learning.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links

Citizenship, Personal, Social & Health Education
Key Stage: KS1

Northern Ireland:
Personal Development & Mutual Understanding
Key Stages: Foundation, KS1

Health & Wellbeing, Social Studies
Level: First Level

Expressive Arts, Health & Well-being, Humanities
Progression Step: PS2