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.
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.
Getting Arty in Autumn at Toftwood Infant School
In reception the children have been exploring colour and mixed materials to create lots of beautiful artwork.
The children drew self-portraits when learning about themselves and through learning about celebrations have had the chance to create lots of different pieces of art.
Year 1 learnt about animals and painted pictures of their favourite animals.
Year 1 have also been learning about winter and created some beautiful snow globes!
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!
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.