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.

  • Amazing Art Display Autumn Term

    This term, Year 3 incorporated their Artwork into their Egyptian topic. To start, the children moulded clay to form a cartouche shape (an ornate frame around a design or inscription). Then they built on the previous skill of learning to write their name in hieroglyphics, to imprint them onto the cartouche. To finish the project, the children painted their designs and used gold paint to create a wow factor!

    Year 4 have been busy this term creating mosaics as part of their History topic on the Romans. Making these required careful planning and provided a great opportunity to develop and improve cutting skills. Once created, the mosaics were incorporated into the design and technology project currently being worked on, and were used as the decoration on top of a cake stand.

     At the start of the term, Year 5 enjoyed developing their use of using watercolours. The children started by learning how to mix lighter and darker shades. This developed further, to mixing and blending watercolours to create a beautiful sunset. The effect and the colours chosen were amazing, well done Year 5. In the second half of the term, Year 5, alongside all other classes in the Federation, created Artwork for Dereham Windmill. The children created striking pictures using pearl coloured paints and strong lines.

    Year 6 have been working on an exciting project this term entitled People in Action. It has given children an opportunity to develop their drawing skills through using ovals to draw figures. This progressed further, when the children had the opportunity to sketch a realistic moving figure using the skills they had previously learnt. By evaluating their work, the children could reflect on what worked well and could consider how their work could be improved in the future. This led to the children creating a moving figure sculpture out of aluminium foil. The results are impressive! Congratulations to all the children who have had their work chosen for the display board, you have produced some amazing work this term.

  • Getting Arty at infants in Autumn 2019

    In reception the children have been exploring creating different textures, combining media to create new effects and constructing all through experimenting with colour and mixed materials to create lots of beautiful artwork.

    Year 1 have been learning about winter and created some beautiful winter trees using their designing skills. They thought about what shapes and colours they wanted to include to create their winter scene. Year 1 have also made snow globes including themselves and interpreted their snow globe through drawing and painting to develop and share their ideas and imagination to think about what it would be like to be stuck inside a snow globe themselves!

    In year 2, they designed and created some fantastic medieval shields using their printing skills and studied the artist Van gogh to inspire their work. The children looked carefully at the piece ‘Starry night’ and sketched their picture before painting thinking about making shades of colour and including dark and light tones.

  • A Summer of Art at Toftwood Infant School

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

    Reception have been continuing to explore art through their play. They have been practising their drawing, painting, making, joining different materials and continuing to explore paint mixing.

    In Year One the children have been busy exploring different mediums of art inside and outside the classroom. The have been using nature to create artwork and worked collaboratively in their classes to create one piece of artwork together. They had a large image cut into sections and with a partner had to recreate their section on a larger scale. When all the sections were put together they had created a enlarged version of one picture as a whole class. Mrs Ponder’s class artwork is displayed on the hall board and the children are very proud to have it displayed here!

    The Year Two children have been busy getting ready for Toftwood Tate. They made invitations, posters and tickets as well as completing the art work to be displayed. Toftwood Tate was a fantastic exhibition, all the children should be very proud of themselves! See more on the Special events page. A special guests comment book has been kept in school to keep the very positive feedback received.

Amazing Art Display


During the first week after half term, children across the Federation took part in a busy and exciting Arts Enrichment Week. The week focused on the arts and was an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in the arts and experiences lots of new things. You can read all about this week on the Special Events section of the website.

Teachers selected a range of art created in their classes during the week to display on the Amazing Art display board.

Each year group had an artist to study during the week, as well as having visitors and open events where parents, carers and other family members were able to come and join in with our learning.

Focus artists for each year group can be found below:

  • Reception – Jackson Pollock
  • Year 1 – The Beatles
  • Year 2 – William Shakespeare
  • Year 3 – Guiseppe Arcimboldo
  • Year 4 – The Beetles
  • Year 5 – Vincent Van Gogh
  • Year 6 – William Shakespeare

All year groups also created artwork and sculptures inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy.

A stunning variety of artwork was produced during the week; children who have had their artwork chosen will receive a certificate in a Celebration assembly. Well done to everyone for their hard work and enthusiasm!

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!