By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • Explain what creativity is.
  • Explain why it is important to think creatively.
  • Identify the differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
  • List the actions of a creative person.

Class Length

40 minutes

Year Groups

All ages


Computer, projector, printed handouts, pencils.

Lesson Structure

1. Why Promote Creativity?

  • Technological Advancements
  • Developing Problem Solvers
  • Financial Benefits

2. Creativity in Education

  • We all need to understand and value the unique position of creativity in education.
  • In order for society to progress, it is essential that there are creative thinkers in society.
  • This will be explained by using a short story of artificial light through history.

3. Defining Creative and Creativity

  • Creative involves the use of your imagination or original ideas to create something.
  • Creativity can be defined as something novel (new / original) and useful.

4. Left and Right Brain Modes

  • There are two distinct, but connected brain halves.
  • The two brain modes support our creative functions.

5. Developing Creative Abilities

  • Students should understand that it is possible to develop creative abilities and that we are all naturally creative.
  • Push our thinking further through lateral thinking.

Lesson Activities

Activity 1

Purpose: To help pupils identify everyday problems, and how to improve daily life.

Through small changes, through creative problem solving, one can solve everyday problems.

Activity 2

Purpose: To recap the lesson.

  • What is creativity?
  • The differences between the brain hemispheres.
  • What are the main actions of a creative person?
  • Apply lateral thinking to develop ones creativity.