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Reference for learning PRIMARY, SECONDARY & TERTIARY COLOURS

Teacher Resource for Teaching
Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Colours to Students.
A quick and easy reference guide for parents and teachers
By Karen Elzinga

Things to get children to do

Get kids to read the board

Get kids to write definitions down in there visual diaries.

Kids paint colours on the colour wheel

Get Kids to write colours in a colour wheel and paint colours in another colour wheel, provide  2 sheets each

Colour wheel

What is the definition of a primary colour?

A Primary colour is a colour that cannot be achieved from combining other colours together. Primary colours are the basis from which other colours are made.

There are 3 primary colours

?

?

Can you guess what they might be?

The 3 primary colours are:

Red

Blue

Yellow

Fill in Primary colours to your colour wheel

Now it is time to get your children or students to write the colours on one of their wheels and to paint the colours onto the other. The written one is later used as a reference tool for the painted one.

What is the definition of a secondary colour?

A Secondary colour is a colour that can be achieved by mixing together two primary colours.

Orange

Orange is achieved by mixing the Primary colours of Red + yellow together

Purple

Purple is achieved by mixed the Primary colours of Red + Blue together

Green

Green is achieved by mixing the Primary colours of Blue + Yellow together

Fill in Secondary colours to your colour wheel

Get children or students to write the secondary colours onto their written wheel, and to mix the correct colours to achieve secondary colours, and paint them onto their wheel.

Practice makes perfect

Everyday as a quick exercise get students to answer these questions

Blue + Yellow =    Green

Blue + Red =        Purple

Red + yellow =     Orange


What is the definition of a Tertiary colour?

A Tertiary colour is made from combining either 3 Primary colours together or combining a secondary colour and a primary colour together.

Brown

Brown is achieved by mixing Primary colours (Red + Yellow + Blue)

Or

Primary + Secondary colours (Red + Green)

Red Orange

Red orange is achieved by mixing Primary colours (Red + Yellow + Red)

Or

Primary + Secondary Colours (Red + Orange)

Yellow green

Yellow green is achieved by mixing Primary Colours (Yellow + Blue + Yellow)

Or

Primary + Secondary colours (Yellow + Green)

Fill in your tertiary colours

Write on your tertiary colours to your written wheel and allow children to mix and experiment in trying to create a tertiary colour and paint it onto their wheel. This may require a few attempts so encourage children to keep trying till get it right. The objective is to keep all colour parts as equal as possible to achieve the correct colour combination. If your child or students is unsuccessful, tell them to make sure their colours have even parts. Too much of one colour and not enough of another will hinder the results.

Write in your visual diary and write your answers

Get children or students to answer these questions, this allows the knowledge they have learnt to sink in and cements their learning. Repeat daily as a 2 minute morning exercise and then weekly, this should really cement colour learning and can be a fun educational activity.

How to make Tertiary colours

Yellow / Orange =

Red /Orange =

Red / Violet (purple) =

Blue  / Violet (purple) =

Blue / Green =

Yellow / Green =


Download the PDF

A downloadable copy of this exercise is available at the top of the page, it can be reproduced and shown to students by any means possible. I hope it has been helpful and educational to student learning.



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