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Art and Design


In order to make meaningful cross curricular links, the teaching and learning of materials
and processes has successfully been linked to topic based year group learning.
The teaching and learning of visual and tactile elements runs alongside this, and certain elements are highlighted specifically for certain year groups, in order to enhance
the teaching and learning of materials and processes.

There is a balance of 2D and 3D outcomes planned into the Art and Design curriculum for KS1 and KS2. Throughout each Key Stage, children learn about a range of artists, craftspeople and designers from different times and cultures. They explore a range of starting points for practical work, including themselves, their experiences, stories, natural and man made objects and the local environment. They also investigate different kinds of Art, craft and design either in the locality, in original and reproduction form. This includes visits to Art exhibitions where possible, and looking at Art in galleries on the Internet. Opportunities are keenly sought to work collaboratively with other local schools and with Artists. 



Art contributes explicitly to Children’s
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural experience by:


· Giving pupils the chance to reflect on nature, their environment and surroundings.

· Providing opportunities to study artists with a spiritual or religious theme.

· Providing opportunities to study art, craft and design from their own and different cultures and at different times.

· Examining pieces of art based on ethical/moral concerns raised by artists i.e.: War/ racism

· Giving pupils the opportunity to reflect on thought provoking images.

· Giving children opportunities to work Co-operatively and collaboratively with others and to value the contributions made by each member of the team.

· Allowing children to evaluate their own and other’s artwork in a constructive manner.

· Studying art, craft and design from different cultures supported by visits from artists and participating in workshops.



The following, shows the materials and processes that each year group covers:

Year 1

Pupils experience drawing, painting, printing and using clay.

Year 2

Pupils experience drawing, painting, 3D construction, textiles (weaving) and sculpture.

Year 3

Pupils experience drawing, painting, printing and clay.

Year 4

Pupils experience drawing, painting, clay and textiles (weaving).

Year 5

Pupils experience drawing, painting, printing/textiles and clay.

Year 6

Pupils experience drawing, painting, collage and textiles.



Within each year group, there is a balance of reciprocal learning which includes individual and collaborative opportunities. As an integral part of learning about Art and Design, children are asked to evaluate their own and other’s work in order to become reflective learners who can
change or adapt it in order to improve it.



Year 1 used mixed media to create an image of the Owl Who Was Scared of the Dark, which they studied in Literacy. They used Brusho to create a background, then cut out shapes to stick on to represent branches.
Next they used shapes to print to represent the owl and finally, they used felt pen to give a good definition to their work. 



Year 5 and 6 completed workshops at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Their learning was cross curricular and included collaborating to create 3D art of a variety of Sealife. 




Year 5 and 6 were lucky to work with Stiltskin to create lanterns.  The children took part in a festive parade, carrying their lanterns in Plymouth City Centre on the 6th December 2012.

At times the children worked independently to create their 3D lanterns. 
At other times, they had to be reciprocal learners and had to help each other to make them. 
They were extremely proud of their finished lanterns, which looked stunning once lit up. 
The festive parade of lights in Plymouth City Centre on 6th December 2012.


Thrussell and Thrussell


A local art company from Cornwall asked for our help to design a piece of Art to enhance the local area between Saltram and Forder Valley.  Some of our most talented artists had the exciting opportunity to work with them and  to create a design for this area. 


Arts in the Community Event


Year 4 took part in a variety of workshops at Torbridge High school with other local primary schools.


Fusion with Torbridge High


As part of a fusion project with Torbridge High, Year 5 took part in a workshop with a focus on Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream.  As part of this, Year 5 designed and created masks. 


Community Cohesion




In community cohesion sessions, the whole school learnt about their locality of Plymouth.  Each class learn about the style of the local based artist Brian Pollard and painted their favourite place in Plymouth, using his colourful, vibrant style. 

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The children learn to colour mix and to use vibrant colours to create Brian Pollard's style.



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During the Olympics, we followed the Olympic Flame around the UK.  Each week, a different year group learning about the area of the UK where the Olympic Flame was travelling through.  This learning was shared each Friday during the whole school assembly.  It eventually arrived in London, England's Capital City. 
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We learning about the style of LS Lowry who had painted Piccadilly Circus in London when he visited London. 
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The children painted famous landmarks using his style.  They used dull colours, then added matchstick people to their work. 
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What London landmarks can you recognise?



Global Community Cohesion

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Each year group learning about our link school in Nepal.  We enjoyed meeting teachers and other members from the school when they visited us.
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Each year group learnt about traditional Nepalese Mathila Art.
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They used this learning to create their own paintings in a Mathila style.
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How would you describe Mathila Art?