Art and Design

Expressive Art and Design is an area of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and Art and Design continues to be a foundation subject within the National Curriculum for Key Stage One and Two (Year 1 to Year 6).

Within our federation we aim to stimulate the children’s creativity and imagination through high quality art and creative experiences and art is promoted through all areas of the curriculum where appropriate. Children at Toftwood Infant School are introduced to a wide range of art, including works by various artists and from different cultures, times, genres and styles. At Toftwood Junior School art is often taught alongside topic work, which helps to bring topic learning to life.

Children are given the freedom to express their own ideas and feelings, record observations, develop a range of techniques and use a variety of materials and we aim to give children the opportunity to work creatively indoors and outdoors both individually and in groups. Within the federation we aim to enable children to take part in relevant events and competitions, such as our Toftwood Tate art exhibition and other competitions that are organised by outside companies, such as this year’s Christmas card competition.

In Key Stage 2, children at Toftwood Junior School regularly use their personal sketch books. These are used to record their observations, for working out plans, ideas and designs and for developing techniques through practice and experimentation. They also provide the opportunity to review and revisit ideas.

We aim to provide an exciting and challenging art curriculum. Children are encouraged to discuss and express their own opinions through their art works and our art curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils and equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. We endeavour to enable and assist the children in the development of their skills and mastery of art and design experiences and techniques during the primary phase of their education.

Spring 2 2019 – EYFS and KS1

This term we have been getting busy across the school! Reception children  have been looking at the themes of Fantasy and People Who Help Us and ahve been getting creative exploring these areas.

In year 1 the children have been exploring new techniques of painting by creating Jackson Pollock inspired splatter paintings as part of their Our Planet and Beyond topic.

In year 2 the children have been creating artwork ready for their Toftwood Tate exhibition in the Summer Term. They have been focussing on the artist Monet and painting pictures of the pond as well as learning how to make paper and write their names using hieroglyphics.

Amazing Art Display – Spring 1 – 2019

The amazing artwork display has recently been updated and the children have received certificates for having their work displayed. Read on to find out what we have been doing in art this term.

The children in year 3 have been busy this half term; they have been studying the artist Georgia O’Keefe. The children began by experimenting with mixing colours to create different shades of colour. Their final task was to recreate a flower picture in the style of Georgia O’Keefe. The pictures they created are outstanding!

Year 4 started the term by researching images of Islamic art to provide the children with inspiration in future lessons. They experimented with creating patterns, including calligraphy. The highlight was when the children each created their own string print tile, which they used to create an individual print and additionally a larger class pattern. The patterns the children created are detailed and carefully constructed, when presented collectively they make a stunning display.

The children in year 5 began the term looking at a range of Pop art images. The studied the work of Andy Warhol and used templates to create their own repeating pattern in the style of Warhol. They then compared this work to that of Roy Lichtenstein and experimented with sketching portraits using tiny dots. Their final pieces look incredible.

Year 6 have recently started a unit of work entitled wild life and environment. One of their first tasks was to carefully observe and then sketch feathers. The children were encouraged to focus on the fine details and additonally on pattern and texture. Some children were able to build up shape and tone by using shading and could compare the feathers by noticing similarities and differences. The results are superb!

Spring 1 2019

Since the beginning of the autumn term, a new amazing Artwork display board has been created. The idea behind it is to celebrate the superb art work being produced and congratulate the children whose work is selected for display.

During the last half term, Year 3 have been busy creating Egyptian necklaces. These have been painted with fine details to represent the jewels worn by a wealthy Egyptian.

Year 4 have been making some amazing Roman mosaics. The paper strips were first painted, then cut up into small tiles before finally being placed into a pattern or picture. The effect is stunning!

A wide range of Art was chosen by the teachers in Year 5. The children have worked hard in groups to create large Viking boats. The large poster was created as part of some independent home learning about space; a really imaginative way to display information. Year 5 have also been designing postcards, a Christmas themed one was selected due to the small, intricate details.

Year 6 children had the opportunity to design, make and paint their own Greek pots out of clay. The pots chosen demonstrated interesting details and neat painting.

Artsmark Gold Award!

We have received some very exciting news to let us know that here at Toftwood Infant School we have been awarded the Artsmark Gold award! We have received this from the Arts Council England and everyone should be proud of the hard work that all the grownups and children have put in to show how valued and enjoyed the arts is in our school. Arts Council England were impressed with how our school provides external opportunities that enhance arts teaching (music, drama, dance and art) that benefit the children and how proud the children are of all the achievements in these areas they are able to make.

“Your children are offered equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a broad range of high-quality arts and cultural activities, and your children have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture through experiences provided.” – Arts Council England.

A huge thank you to all the staff and children at school who have worked so hard over the last two years to achieve this award.  It is fantastic to see the children enjoying the arts so much and we all look forward to seeing what excitement is next! Below are a few pictures of some of the exciting arts projects we’ve had in the run up to achieving our Gold award. Well done everyone!

Getting Arty in Autumn!

In reception and nursery the children have been exploring colour and mixed materials to create lots of beautiful artwork.

Year 1 have been learning about winter and created some beautiful snow clay snowmen!

In year 2, they created some fantastic medieval shields for their medieval Norwich topic. The children needed to design their shield then paint them, to match their design. They look great!

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Art in Spring at Toftwood Infant

This term we have been getting busy throughout the year groups! Reception have been looking at the themes fantasy and people who help us and been getting creative exploring these.

In year 1 the children have been learning about the topics, weather experts and our amazing earth! They have been busy learning about Andy Goldsworthy the outdoor artist and creating sunset pictures while thinking about the country of Africa.

In year 2 they children have been creating artwork ready for their Toftwood Tate display in the Summer, focussing on the artist Monet, and painting pictures of the pond and creating mud huts with natural found resources and clay.

A Summer of Art at Toftwood

This term there has been lots of art happening at Toftwood!

Reception have been thinking about nature and had the opportunity to practice their painting skills by carefully looking at flowers and creating their own versions.

In Year One the children have been busy practicing their observational drawing skills. To make the most of the weather the children have been outside observing this in nature that they then had a go at sketching. The children thought about shading their artwork only using a pencil to add light and dark so that their drawing looked as realistic as possible!

The Year Two children have been busy getting ready for Toftwood Tate. They have been busy making invitations, posters and tickets as well as completing the art work to be displayed. They have been busy doing Chinese printing, African mud hut sculptures and Kandinski art work.Toftwood Tate was a fantastic exhibition, all the children should be very proud of themselves! See more on the Special events page.


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