In Key Stage 2 Art and Design there are four interrelated aims- generating ideas, making, evaluating and knowledge. Learners explore the formal elements of Art throughout the year in a series of lessons that investigate line, tone, pattern, texture, space, form, shape, composition, scale and colour. Most often these lessons involve the work of art, craft and design practitioners, practices and cultural context. Alongside these discrete Art lessons the following projects complement the curriculum in other subjects-



Autumn: What was the earliest Art?
Learners study evidence of earliest human art work from around the world.
Key practical work focuses on a project that links the work of Paul Klee to early art in Africa.
Spring:How do people express their spirituality through Art? Learners explore icons and images within faiths, primarily Christianity and Islam- traditional and contemporary.
Key practical work will involve learners creating work to express their own spirituality.
Summer:How to create a sense of place?
Learners will investigate how artists use the natural world as both a source of inspiration and as a material for making.
Key practical work will be collaborative, large scale landscape pieces.
Autumn:What’s in a Face?
Learners study the theme of Portrait, through the work of a diverse range of artists.
Key practical work focuses firstly on representational drawing skills and moves towards more expressive conventions.
Spring:Sweet Tooth?
Learners explore the theme of sweets/cakes as a source of inspiration for artists, illustrators, designers and sculptors.
Practical work is in a series of workshops where pupils learn skills involved in printing, 3-D work, painting and collage.
Summer:Take One Picture
This Project is the National Gallery’s countrywide scheme for primary schools. Each year the gallery focuses on one painting from the collection to inspire work in schools. The Gallery selects and displays a selection of the work in their annual ’Take One Picture’ exhibition. The painting for 2016 is ‘A Roman Triumph’ by Reubens.

Project in Progress

Parents- How you can help

We are lucky to live near many Art venues, some are free to visit and many host programmes for learning for children/ families at weekends and holidays: the following are recommended for their learning activities-
mac in Canon Hill Park, Birmingham
Ikon, Brindley Place, Birmingham
New Art Gallery, Walsall
Barber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham
Encourage your child to keep sketchpads and visual diaries, and to make collections in scrapbooks. Drawing is a sophisticated means of thinking and communication: it enables the visualisation and development of ideas, so any drawing at home is beneficial.