Autumn Terms 2017
Early Years and Year 1 Maple and Chestnut Class
'Why do you love me so much?' is the topic in Early Years that allows our youngest artists to consider their families and where they live. through practical activities the children can share what their house looks like both inside and out using junk modelling and mouldable materials. This allows opportunities to work from their own experience and an insight into the lives of their peers. In drawing the pupils are invited to draw their family by using simple shapes and considering the difference in size they need to represent.
Year 1 and 2 Ash, Elm and Oak Class
Through the topic of 'Superheroes' the children have looked at the human form and how to draw poses of grandeur, strength and power. Their drawings convey the sense of hero or villain through the characters' actions.
Also within the topic the children of Elm and Oak Class created hero tiles through clay. They used tools to hand such as glue stick lids, lollisticks and pencils to make marks and shapes. Ash Class used clay in a different way to create 3D figurines using a step by step guide. They will paint their heroes to show the costumes and colours of their characters.
Year 3 and 4 Cherry and Walnut Class
Across the two classes pupils are improving techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture through the topic of 'I Am Warrior'. Art within this topic is centered around the Romans and the artistic elements of mosaics. Designs used by the Romans are recreated and inspire children to produce ideas of their own with computing programs, paper materials and card.
Year 4 and 5 Magnolia and Acer Class
'Beast Creator' is the Cornerstones topic in Year 4 and 5 this term. Children create detailed drawings by zooming in on the shapes and sizes of minibeast body parts. By starting with stimulus from real life the children make significant links to Science. Their ideas are then reproduced in both paint and clay to appreciate the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. The topic culminates with a mixed media collage visually showing the metamorphosis of their 'beast' through its life cycle.
Year 6 Willow and Sycamore Class
Using the theme of 'Victorians' Year 6 have already begun to experiment with patterns of the era using tessellation and translation. Their work stems from a study of William Morris and opens the pupils up to how fashion and artwork have changed over the last century. There are sessions on sewing and printing to develop the skills that were used at the time also.
Summer Terms 2017
How Do Cows Make Milk?- Early Years
In this new topic, our youngest creators will be taking a closer look at farms, the animals that can be found there and how this links to food. Within the area of Expressive Art and Design the children will be creating their own chickens plus a coop for them to live in among several farmyard crafts. They will also be exploring different kinds of fruits and vegetables to block print with.
Splendid Skies- Year 1 and 2
Already Year 1 and 2 have looked at signs of Spring and considered ways in which we can represent the weather. Our talented artists have been selecting from a range of tools to create abstract paintings of wind, sun, rain and even snow. Their colour choices related to the colour palette of nature and depicted different atmospheres such as calm or chaotic! Later in the term they will be 'putting themselves in the picture' by looking at famous paintings relating to weather and responding to how they believe it will make them feel, what they would see and hear. Finally the theme will conclude with a project around how the sky changes from day to night with their versions of Da Vinci's Starry Night.
Traders and Raiders- Year 3 and 4
Within their study of the Saxon timeline, the children will be looking closely at the pattern work associated with this time period and develop their own examples. Their designs will be transferred to the medium of printing to produce artwork in this style.
Allotment- Year 5 and 6
Art appears all around us in natural settings for our sketchers and budding photographers to observe, record and create from. They will be using first hand experiences to produce detailed observational sketches of flowers and plants with an emphasis on cataloguing and scientific representation. Furthermore the artists that the children will be evaluating, re-creating and developing from include Guiseppe Arcimboldo and Carl Warner. With very different styles of collaging with food items the children will be comparing styles and techniques.
Autumn Terms 2016
The Enchanted Woodland - Year 1 and 2
To kick start the new academic year Key Stage 1 have been linking 'fallen treasures' they have found in their topic lessons outside in our woodland area to the art of Andy Goldsworthy. They enjoyed looking at the clear shape, use of colour and natural materials to create stunning pieces. So much so that they used this as a starting point to making their own tree hanging decoration and multi-media collages in the natural environment. Using clay was the next step to create 'tree boggarts' that might live in this enchanted place. Twigs were tools and feathers were hair in this creative task. They have started observing the beauty in the world around us and showed this through drafted drawings of woodland animals with a focus on clear shapes and the effect of different types of lines. With peer support they re-drafted to improve the features.
Heroes and Villains- Year 3 and 4
Using the Disney classic of 101 Dalmatians as a cross-curricular link, Lower Key Stage 2 looked at how to use simple shapes of objects as a starting point to drawing them. They added further details to the basic shapes once they were happy with their final drafts. To extend their skills and use this knowledge the children went on to create scenes to match text extracts of the book by Dodie Smith and create junk model puppies! The final pieces have been painted to match and include super links to the shapes that the children originally observed in the photographs and illustrations studied.