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Autumn Term 2021

Nursery

Reception

This term in Reception we have been learning about form. The children were firstly introduced to the terms sculpture and sculptor. They watched lots of videos showing different artists using an assortment of medium to create different sculptures. The children particularly enjoyed watching a lump of clay turn into The Hulk and sand on a beach turn into a shark. They went on to watch clips from Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The curse of the were-rabbit. The children were amazed to find that each characters was made of plasticine! 

 

The children then watched a clip showing one of the model makers creating rabbits for the film. She used metal armature and different pieces of coloured plasticine to create the different parts of the rabbit. The children were then told that they would be learning how to become sculptors by learning different molding techniques.

Emma from The Creation Station came in to hold a Play-Doh workshop where the children were able to create their own animals. They were taught the basic skills of rolling to make snake and sphere shapes, how to mix colours to make new ones and how to use different coloured Play-Doh for the animals features. 

   

 

The children absolutely loved this experience. As you can see all children were able to use the techniques used to help create their fabulously unique animals. 

        

 

      

 

         

 

 

 

      

 

Next they introduced the children to Lisa Stevens' clay work. They discussed what they were made out of and what marks they could see. Then the children talked about the tools they thought she may have used to make these marks. The children talked about using sticks and stones to press into the clay so they decided to go on a 'tool hunt'  to collect items they could used to create they clay work. 

 

      

 

        

 

After the children looked at videos and photographs of sea creatures and coral. The children talked about the different shapes they could see and what tools they could use to create them. Then they were given the opportunity to have a go at using their new tools and exploring the clay.

 

      

 

         

 

Then the children were given a selection of photographs of Lisa Stevens' clay work to inspire them when creating their finished piece.The children then used our normal sculpting tools and the natural ones they had found to create a sculpture in the style of Lisa Stevens. 

 

         

 

        

 

      

 

Year 1

In Year 1 this term the children will be focusing on drawing. The children started by studying different works of art by Leonardo Da Vinci and Henry Moore looking closely at their drawings of various body parts. In groups and as a class the children described the differences and similarities between the artists practices and disciplines.

After, the children were given a mirror to observe their own anatomy. Looking closely at their faces comparing similarities and differences between themselves and their friends or looking at their hands. The children then had a go at drawing what they could see. 

 

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In the next lesson the children started by discussing the different media used by both artists. Then they were given a variety of drawing tools to explore drawing different facials features. The children were taught to control the types of marks made with the media on different types of paper.

 

   

During Design and Technology lessons this term Year 1 have been learning about wheels and axles. 

 

Year 2

Year 2 are learning all about colour this term and they have started by looking at the artist Piet Mondrain. First the children looked at different pieces of his art work and thought about how it made them feel, what it reminded them of and what shapes and colours they could see. 

 

      

 

After the children had a go at creating their own versions of Mondrain's work using paint and black tape.

 

      

 

       

 

      

 

Next the children consolidated some of their learning from Reception by mixing primary colours to make secondary colours by making a colour wheel.

 

      

 

Then Year 2 had a go at experimenting with primary and secondary colours. They used their sketchbooks to investigate shades using the colours they had made. 

 

   

 

Year 2 have also been studying the work of Mark Rothko who was an American abstract painter best know for his colour field paintings. 

 

   

 

      

 

The children have studied the work of Jackson Pollock and have tried to emulate his work. They used different coloured paint to create Pollock's famous 'drip technique'. It was also called ‘action painting’, since he used the force of his whole body to paint, often in a frenetic dancing style.

 

         

 

As you can see, I think the children had a fabulous time creating their own canvas'. 

 

      

 

         

 

      

 

      

 

         

 

 

During Design and Technology this term Year 2 have been cooking. 

Firstly, they recapped sources of food and learnt about the different places that food comes from. 

 

   

 

Next the children were given a range of tools used for preparing and cooking food. The children investigated the features of each tool and thought about what each one might be used for and its properties that make it suitable for this purpose. Then they were able to use the tools provided and selected which tool works best for each food product. 

 

      

 

         

 

 

Summer Term 2021

Nursery

In Nursery the children have been thinking about two big questions. Why is water wet? and How many coulors in a rainbow?

 The children have had lots of fun exploring colour in different ways. They have matched objects according to colour, recognised and named the primary colours, mixed primary colours with their friends and enjoyed using a variety of painting tools.

 

      

 

      

 

The Nursery children loved creating the background for their display in the classroom. They used primary colour food colouring in spray bottles to explore what colours they could make when they sprayed them on a white piece of paper.  I'm sure you will agree it looks super effective! 

 

      

 

 

Reception

In Reception our big question this term is 'Why do ladybirds have spots?' In literacy the children have been researching facts using non-fiction books. They have looked closely at lots of photographs of different insects and talked about their similarities and differences. Then we looked at a selection of junk and talked about their shapes and which ones would be best to make particular insects. After the children designed their insect and had a go at making it using our junk collection. The children used bogers and plasticine to make holes in the materials to help attach the different parts of the insect using split pins and treasury tags. 

 

   

 

   

 

      

 

We have also been exploring clay. The children used different techniques to mould the clay to create their desired creature. They then used tools to impress and apply decorations and texture to the clay insects they had made. We talked about appropriate colours for each insect and the children were able to choose from a range before choosing the ones they wanted. 

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

This term Reception class have been learning all about Eric Carle. Firstly, they learnt about who Eric Carle was and what it means to be an artist. The children were given opportunities to look at and read variety of his story books to discuss their likes and dislikes and how they think his illustrations were made.  

Then they watched lots of videos showing Eric Carle at work and talked about the processes he went through to make his famous illustrations. They talked in depth about collage and looked at various artist who have used this technique. The children were then given the opportunity to make their own paper which they could later use in their collage. The children had a look for things around the classroom which they thought would make interesting marks on their painted paper. 

 

      

 

      

 

After the children helped separate the colours and added them to their creative rainbow boxes. Next, they used 3d shapes and stencils to draw shapes on to their paper. They then cut these shapes out ready for the class to choose from when they came to create their collage. 

 

       

 

      

 

Once all the shapes were cut the children decided which minibeast they would like to create. They looked at non-fiction books to help them decide which shapes they would need to create their insect. The children then used the scissors to create the exact shapes they needed and glued each shape in place to make their collage. 

 

       

 

      

 

 

Year 1

Year 1 have been exploring the colours and textures of carnival through paper collage in their Rio de Vida topic. The children used the skills of tearing and cutting to create paper shapes and look closely and described different textures. Then they layered and stuck papers to create interesting effects.

 

   

 

   

 

 

Also in Year 1 the children have been exploring and controlling marks made with a variety of media. They used chalk, wax crayons and oil pastels to find out how they can be used to create different marks. The children then chose the mediums they liked best to create the feathers of a peacock.

 

      

 

   

 

Also in Year 1 the children have been studying their new Topic Enchanted Woodland. The children were asked to think about what they would see in a woodland or forest, they drew on their own personal experiences and imagination. The children then drew their woodland scene into their sketchbooks and used this it as a design for their printing. Then they used printing tools and equipment correctly to impress their design into the foam tiles to produce a clean printed image in relief.

 

      

 

   

 

Year 2

Year 2's topic is Magnificent Monarchs and the children have been learning about famous monarchs through history. The children were given a selection of portraits and were invited to say what the pictures are and suggest reasons why they were made. The children were encouraged to look for similarities between the portraits, suggesting what the poses and accessories tell the viewer about each monarch. They were then challenged to consider ‘What can historical portraits tell us about English and British monarchs? Do all royal portraits show the power of the monarch?’ After the children were asked to bring in a item of personal significance. They posed with this object for a photograph and then had a go at drawing themselves. 

 

      

 

   

 

 

      

 

      

   

 

Spring Term 2021

Reception

This term the children had the chance to design and make their own sandwich bag. We have been learning about The Little Red Hen and the children had the opportunity to make bread. The children then decided they would like to make their own jam sandwiches to eat on a picnic. We then posed the question 'how will we transport our sandwiches to our picnic destination?' They came up with lots of ideas including using plastic sandwich bags. This gave us the opportunity to talk about the use of plastics and how we need to reduce the waste that we are producing.  

 

First we learnt The Little Red Hen story using 'talk for writing'. The children decided they wanted to pretend to be The Little Red Hen by making their own bread. 

      

 

      

 

   

 

When the bread had been baked the children made a sandwich using butter and jam. 

         

 

Once the sandwich was made the children set to work making their bag. They loved using the staplers to join the pieces of felt together, although it was pretty tricky to press down with enough force.

         

 

The children then decided what they wanted their bag to look like and made a design. 

      

 

Once they had made their design the children used it to refer to when copying the design onto the felt bag.  

      

 

      

 

Have a look at how well the children have followed their designs to make their bags. 

      

 

      

 

Finally we got to use our new sandwich bag when we had a mini picnic in the classroom.

   

 

Year 1

Year 1 have been developing a range of tone using pencil to draw parts of flowers. They looked carefully at the details and drew what they could see using pencil first. The children then went on to use an range of mediums including pencil crayons, chalk pastels and oil pastels.

I think you will agree that the final products are absolutely stunning! Well done Year 1!

 

             

 

       

 

 

Year 3

In Year 3 the children read Black Dog by Levi Pinfold. The children started by each having a picture from the story and making predictions about what they thought was happening. Once they had made their predictions the children read the book and focused on the vocabulary used. They were then given the opportunity to retell the story. In art lessons the children learnt about different grades of pencils and how to use them to create a desired effect. They were given an enlarged picture of the dog's eye peering through the window and the children had to study it carefully. Each child was able to recreate this illustration using a range of pencils and oil pastels. I'm sure you will agree that these drawings are very effective!

 

         

 

Year 5

Also in Year 5 the children have been reading Varjak Paw. A book about kitten. The children have been looking closely at cats eyes. They have used their sketchbooks to draw their own cats eyes and label the key parts. 

 

 

 

      

 

Year 6

As part of their Frozen Kingdom topic the children have been read Shackleton's Journey and Northern Lights. They created their own displays of the Nothern Lights by using stencils they had created to represent the tree line and chalks to create the distinctive waves of colour. 

 

         

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2020

Reception 

 

This term our topic is Me and my friends. To begin our topic we talked about how special and unique each person is. We spoke about similarities and differences between our families, the things we enjoy to do and the way we look. The children were given the chance to look closely and the similarities and differences between their own and their friends faces. The children then used a pencil and a mirror to draw themselves. 

As you can see we have lots of beautiful children in Reception class this year!

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

   

 

 

Also in Reception the children have been reading Here we are by Oliver Jeffers. We have been focusing on our location on the Earth and as a class we used Google Earth to find our school. We then talked about the area our school is in, then onto the city and country.  After we talked about all the wonderful things you can do and see on Earth. The children were then given the opportunity to use different mediums to make parts of our world and solar system. Some children used printing, collage and ink as well as chalk wax crayons and paint. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this book and it has really spurred some fantastic conversations about why we are here and how we can help protect the world. 

 

 

 

      

 

      

 

               

 

Funny Bones 

This term we have also been reading FunnyBones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The children learnt all about the different bones in the body and wrote the ones they could remember using their phonics knowledge. As FunnyBones is one of our spine books we have decorated both Reception Doors to celebrate our love of reading. The children had lots of fun creating the different characters using a variety of different materials. RT enjoyed using split pins to create the moving bones of the skeletons. 

   

 

        

 

      

 

      


This term our topic in Reception has been Me and My Community. We have recently been on a community walk to see what kinds of buildings we can find and what types of shops make up our local community. In a class discussion the children expressed their excitement at creating their own miniature community. The children first decided what they would like to build based on what they had seen on our walk.

 

      

 

      

 

Then we taught the children how to use scissors correctly and supplied them with lots of opportunities in the continuous provision to practise this skill.

 

      

 

         

 

After we taught the children different joining techniques including using split pins, sellotape, masking tape, treasury tags and staplers.

The children then chose from a variety of boxes to create their building.

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

We will continue our project into next term when we start our topic 'Are we there yet?'. The children will decorate their buildings and make vehicles to add to our miniature community. 

Year 1 

In Year 1 the children have been creating dino sliders. The children talked about their pervious experiences with paper and card and were able to think about the different materials they have used to connect them together. They planned their dino sliders and talked to their partners about each step. The children then selected their tools, explaining their choices, to cut, shape and join paper and card. As you can see the children really enjoyed this series of lessons and their dino sliders turned out wonderfully!

 

      
 

       

 

      

 

In autumn 2 Year 1 started their 'Childhood' topic. They introduced the theme of portraiture and encouraged the children to name and locate facial features and describe their relative positions on the face. After initial observations,  the children compared two pictures, identifying similarities and differences. They were then provided with a range of handheld or tabletop mirrors so they could explore their reflections and facial features. The children then drew a self-portrait using simple lines and shapes. After the children then used clay to create their face using different mediums. 

 

         

 

         

 

  

 

   

 

In Year 1 the children have been learning about Wassily Kandinsky. He was born in Russia on the 4th December 1866 and died on the 13th December 1944. Kandinsky was generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art. 

 

     

 

Also in Year 2, the children have been learning all about Australia. They started by understanding how long ago the aboriginal people lived and about the beautiful paintings they made. The children looked at examples of aboriginal art and spoke about how they could have made these marks and what tools they could have used. They also talked about the colours of the artwork and why there wasn't purple or glow in the dark paints.

First the children had a go at creating different native Australian animals using pointillism. This is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. To create their desired colour the children also had a go at mixing paints.

 

      

 

         

 

      

 

The children also learnt about Audrey Napanangka who is an artist who lives in the Yuendumu Community in Australia. Audrey often paints bush tucker (food) Dreaming, which feature witchetty grubs, coconut, tomato, grape, and sweet potato. Some of Audrey’s artworks and designs have been transferred onto fabrics and she is one of only a few Warlpiri artists that use multi-coloured dotting in their bush tucker Dreaming artworks. 

The children were able to look closely at Audrey's work and annotate what colours/ patterns they could see. They then used pencil crayons to have a go at copying some of her designs.

 

      

 

   

 

The children then went on to have a go at different types of cross hatching, making symbols and dot painting. Their final piece was to incorporate the different techniques they have learnt about to design and make their own boomerang.

 

      

 

         

 

       

 

   

Year 3

One of Year 3's topic this term is Blue Abyss. The children will learn about the human uses and physical features of the sea developing their knowledge of ocean layers, sea exploration, food chains, habitats and pollution. They used oil pastels to create and calk to create these striking pieces of work. 

 

     

      

Year 5 

As part of Year 5's Stargazers topic the children have created galaxy pictures. First they practised different techniques using pastels and paints to create swirls and splats using their sketchbooks. 

         

 

 

The children have also done some observational drawings of spacesuits. 

 

 

Year 6

In Year 6 the children have been looking at different styles of traditional African fabric. They looked in detail at the beautiful designs and thought about why certain colours were used. The children then created their own African inspired fabrics using different stitching techniques including, running stitch, cross stitch, back stitch and blanket stitch. They designed their fabric in their sketchbooks and were able to evaluate their finished piece. 

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

      

 

The Creation Station

St Peter's are proud to host Emma from The Creation Station.

Create club gives our KS1 and KS2 children the chance to explore new materials, design and make lots of different pieces to take home. 

Check out some of the creations we have made. 

 

 

 

    

 

 

In KS2 the children have been looking at different artists in their topics 'Awesome Artists'. They used clay to recreate sculptures in the style of Antony Gormley who is a British sculptor who is famously know as the creator of the 'Angel of the North'. The children were given inspiration cards for some of his best known work. It was lovely to hear the children talk about the sculptures they had seen in real life and share their thoughts on his work with each other. 

Check out some of the children's clay sculptures and the backgrounds they created for them. 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

The children have also created work based on Faith Ringgold painter, writer, mixed media sculptor and performance artist for New York. The children thought about places and things that were important to them and drew them in the center on their paper. They then used pieces of material to decorate the edges in Faith's famous technique. 

 

   

 

     

 

 

 

Best of 2019

 

This term at St Peter's each year group has produced some art work linked to a spine book.

Take a look at our fantastic displays and try and guess which books we have been working on. 

 

Nursery 

 

 

Nursery read The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children started by reading the story and looking in detail at the illustrations. They were then encouraged to try and retell the story using a story map they had made as a group. Using 2simple each child made a picture on the computer. They were able to choose their favourite part of the story and asked to talk about why they liked it so much. As a class the children also looked at different types of butterflies. They learnt about their beautiful patterns and the symmetry on each wing. The children were then able to make their own butterflies by printing. 

 

Reception

 

 

 

 

Reception class have been looking at the work of Pat Hutchins. We started by looking at a range of her books including, The Doorbell Rang, Good-night Owl and Rosie's Walk. The children noticed that Pat predominantly uses 3 colours to illustrate her pictures with. The children also commented on the patterns that she uses to add detail to the characters. Each class chose their own 3 colours and used templates to recreate Pat's work. They used a range of mediums including, paint, ink, pencil crayon, oil pastel and sand. They added detail using black pens to recreate Pat's patterns and to make their own.  We also used this text to help the children learn about prepositions. They used language to describe where Rosie and the fox were in each picture. 

 

Year 1

 

 

 

In Year 1 the children read Beegu by Alexis Deacon. A story of an alien whose spaceship crashed on to Earth. She spends her time trying to interact with 'Earth people' but she finds that it is only the little ones who are friendly. The children read the book a couple of pages at a time so they were given the opportunity to make predictions about what may happen next. They wrote diary entries, in role as Beegu, explaining their experiences and feelings whilst on exploring Earth. The children were also given the chance to look closely at the illustrations. They discussed that on some pages of the book there are no words and the illustrations tell part of the story.

In 1S the children made their own cityscape. They used different coloured paint to create the sky and pastels and wax crayons to draw the buildings. In 1C the children used the 2simple program on the computer to create their own spaceships. As a class they worked together using paint and sponges to create a sunset background. To make the buildings the children cut out black paper and used their fingerprints to make the windows. 

 

Year 2

 

 

 

Year 2 studied Gorilla by Anthony Browne. They started by looking closely at the illustrations and talking about how they enhanced the story. The children found that there were lots of secret messages and jokes hidden in the pictures and they really enjoyed trying to work out what they meant. During English lessons the children wrote a letter in role as Hannah. They were also given the chance to write their own version of the story. Each child chose their own animal and decided where the characters would go. Pizza Express and The Plough were popular destinations for their characters to visit. In their art lessons the children were able to choose their favourite illustration to recreate. They took lots of time adding detail to their sketches using lots of different techniques to create the gorilla's fur. 

 

Year 3

 

 

In Year 3 the children read Black Dog by Levi Pinfold. The children started by each having a picture from the story and making predictions about what they thought was happening. Once they had made their predictions the children read the book and focused on the vocabulary used. They were then given the opportunity to retell the story. In art lessons the children learnt about different grades of pencils and how to use them to create a desired effect. They were given an enlarged picture of the dog's eye peering through the window and the children had to study it carefully. Each child was able to recreate this illustration using a range of pencils and oil pastels. I'm sure you will agree that these drawings are very effective!

 

Year 4

 

 

Year 4 looked at the work of Carol Ann Duffy and her story The Lost Happy Endings. This story is a fantastic and magical tale about what happens when, one night, a wicked witch steals the happy endings to bedtime stories. It is up to Jub, the keeper of the happy endings, to save the day and ensure sweet dreams everywhere in this lyrical story about storytelling. In English lessons the children had to write a newspaper report on the events of the story. They also wrote their own fairy tales and were given the choice to change the endings. The story is set in a forest and the children used lots of different mediums to recreate the illustrations. They used wax resist technique.  This technique is centered around the idea that water and wax don’t mix. By first drawing the waxy crayon onto your paper, you are creating an area where the paint won’t go. The children used wax crayons to draw their trees and then used water colours to create the sky.

 

Year 5

 

 

 

In Year 5 the children read Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The novel follows an orphan boy who, after the death of his uncle, lives by himself in the walls of a Paris train station, repairing the clocks. There are mysteries in Hugo's life which surround the death of his father and the damaged automaton that Hugo and his father have both tried to repair. This story has no words so in English lessons the children were asked to write in role as the author. During art lessons the children learnt how to cross hatch which is a technique used to ceate texture, value, and the illusion of form and light. They were able to choose their favourite sketch from the story and recreate it. Some children were also able to make masks for the automaton using pva glue and tissue paper.

 

Year 6 

 

 

 

The Lost Thing is a graphic novel by Shaun Tan about a boy finds a strange creature on a beach, and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to. In English lessons the children in Year 6 discussed and analysed the main character. They then wrote in role as the boys teacher by writing a school report for him. In art lessons the children watched clips of Shaun Tan at work. They listened him to talk about where the ideas came from for the story and creating a story about 'belonging'. They also watched a video of Shuan talking about where his ideas came from to create The Lost Thing. He talked about how it is made up of lots of different everyday objects. The children were then able to work in pairs to design their own 2d representations of a lost thing. They then used mod rock and balloons to bring their designs to life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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