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Direct Instruction

The learning intention for this lesson was for children to learn about how we can observe the change between primary and secondary colours.

The video shows my focus group working in small groups to observe liquid dye colour of primary colours red, blue and yellow and make a prediction as to what secondary colour they will become.

They learnt how two colours mixed together to make a new colour.

Extended plan here


On reflection I was mindful that I needed to role model the sentences written to explain this Art activity. The main idea is to encourage oral brain storming of ideas for story writing and also talk about a prediction or hypothesis before you begin the lesson. This helps with their cognitive development and also requires thinking skills to promote language and literacy in these young children's minds.

Things to note

Remember to be prepared with all materials and resources before you start; including plastic cups, liquid dye or food colouring, paper towels and wet wipes. Follow up with video recordings on their iPads of their own paintings and writing recount.

Class Site Content

Learning Intention

For children to learn about the difference between primary colours and secondary colours by making a prediction.


Sit at a table with your small group to start painting and use a cotton bud to mix the colours. Paint a red, blue and yellow circle and then paint an orange, green and purple circle . Then create a new EE, take a photo of your dry circles and colour equations. (Then save it as a Project on your iPad and upload it to your blog under Inquiry).


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