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Art and Design

Art Intent

We follow the National Curriculum and Development Matters in EYFS and have made some enhancements such as visits to The Lady Leaver Art Gallery, Liverpool waterfront to study architecture as well as opportunities to develop art during woodland learning sessions. All pupils study Art and Design including those who have SEN and/or disabilities and those who are disadvantaged. The pupils gain knowledge about how to design, draw, paint, sculpt, and use paper craft. We have built our own scheme of work which builds in complexity so that pupils can build their skills and knowledge. Knowledge and skills are constantly revisited and refreshed to ensure that they become embedded. To aid understanding subject specific vocabulary is taught explicitly within every lesson. We have created end points for each topic and milestones for the end of each year to show what pupils should know and can do. As the children move to the next year group, the next teacher then knows where to start. 


Pupils come from a mixed urban area of Wirral. We have selected designers and artists to study, male and female, who share the context of the pupils. To build pupils’ cultural capital, they also study the work of designers and artists who are nationally important. Our core values: resilience, respect and responsibility are continually developed through all art learning experiences.


Autumn Term

Year 1   Ourselves – Photography/Mixed Media

This term the children learnt about portraits. They developed their drawing techniques and drew self-portraits. They then used photography and mixed media to create portraits in the style of Andy Warhol.


Year 2   Fire! Fire!  – Drawing/Painting/Collage

Throughout the topic, the children studied paintings of the Great Fire of London, in particular, the work of Rita Greer. The children took inspiration from her work to create their own pieces. Their final pieces gave them the opportunity to develop their mixed media skills and study how to use different materials to collage.  


Year 3   Ruthless Romans-Drawing/Painting/Mosaics

The children learnt that we know how the Romans lived by looking at their art forms. They developed their sketching skills to produce illustrations of Roman soldiers and shields.  They had opportunities to find out about the patterns they used and how they decorated their villas using mosaics. The children also studied the architect Antoni Gaudi, to explore how he used patterns, shapes and vibrant colours in his mosaics. For their final piece, the children created simple mosaic designs using stone tiles.


Year 4   Turdors – Tudors-Drawings/Painting/Collage

The children studied the work of Holbein and had the opportunity to develop their portrait skills to produce a portrait of Henry the VIII or one of his wives, in the style of Gustav Klimt.


Year 5    Victorians-Drawing/Printing

This term the children learnt about, and took inspiration from the English artist, William Morris. They completed observational drawings of flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe and demonstrated their sketching skills, using a range of pencils and use of watercolours. For their final piece, the children developed their studies into a print designs using ‘pressprint’ tiles.


Year 6   Battling Britain World War 2 - Drawing/Sculpture  

The children developed their art techniques in life drawing, demonstrating control of pencil, pastels and charcoal to create sketches in the style of Henry Moore - bringing some of the events of war to life. They then progressed to creating 3d sculptures based on their life drawings, in the style of Henry Moore.


Spring Term

Reception    Journey to the Lost Garden - Observational drawings   

Children were given the opportunity to study caterpillars and other invertebrates using magnifying glasses. They discussed shape, colour and features such as number of legs and their position before creating observational drawings. 


Year 1   Habitats/Plants - Sculpture/Printing

The children learnt about different kinds of nature sculptures and explored the work of Andy Goldsworthy. They also used natural materials to master skills in: model making, observational drawings, and group sculpture building. The children went on to study the work of Henri Matisse to create individual printed pieces, which enabled them to consider shape and texture for their clay leaf sculptures.


Year 2    Fighting Fit/Role Models- Sculpture

As a starting point, the children looked at images of Florence Nightingale carrying a lantern. They explored the history of lanterns within cultures, completed observational drawings of lanterns and created their own designs using withies and wet strength tissue paper.


Year 3    Scavengers and Settlers –Drawing/Painting

The children had the opportunity to explore the history and style of cave paintings. They created stained, textured paper which their paint, chalk and charcoal images were created on. The children also looked at a variety of Aboriginal artists and their art, in particular, the symbols, shapes, colours and techniques which they then used to create their own piece of cave art.


Year 4    Vicious Vikings-Drawing /Sculpture

The children looked in detail at the carvings on longboats, the children carried out detailed sketches of dragon heads, in a variety of media. The children also used graded pencils and chalk pastels to create studies of dragon eyes, before creating a clay model using appropriate clay tools and techniques that demonstrated their progression of skills.


Year 5    Liverpool-Drawing 3D Pop Art/Painting

The children studied the cityscape artists: Charles Fazzino (Pop Art) and Leonid Afremov. They looked at famous Liverpool architecture and experimented with the techniques that Fazzino and Afremov used to create modern, Liverpool cityscape scenes. The children also had the opportunities to develop the 3D Pop Art technique of layering and the skill of palette knife painting.


Year 6    The Incredible Mayans-Textiles

The children were given the opportunity to research Mayan images, sculptures and masks. They used pencil, pen, pastels and charcoal to develop their sketching skills. The children independently research Mr Trisno (a renowned Indonesian batik artist) and explored, develop and master the skills of batik. Their final piece was a batik creation of a Mayan image, using wax and fabric inks.


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Townfield Lane, Prenton, Wirral, CH43 2LH

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