SAW Project Summer 2 2021

The first week back after the final half term saw the children taking part in a special week of activities. These activities were part of a SAW project which incorporates Science, Art and Writing. The theme of the week was The Ocean. Each year group created artwork around this theme. Take a look at our Amazing Art Display to see what each year group got up to!

In Year 3, our writing focused on bioluminescent plankton and the beautiful glow it creates. The children wrote their own shape poems including various techniques such as alliteration, simile and metaphor to create some wonderful imagery. These poems were then added to our watercolour paintings of plankton blooms, creating our own sea of plankton.

In Year 4, we challenged the children to create a collage of the ocean using plastic. We began by thinking about all the diverse and interesting things that could be found in the sea by creating an ocean alphabet. The children were then shown images of sea creatures made out of plastic to give them some inspiration for their own artwork. In their sketchbooks, the children were given the opportunity to sketch some designs that could be included in their art. To create the background, some children used paint to create a wash while others used oil pastels to create a similar effect. The final part of the project was to use pieces of plastic to create the final collage. It is great to see such a wide variety of ocean scenes that contain a wide array of plants and animals.

Year 5 have been very busy! We’ve been making a year group mural to go down the Y4/5 corridor along the theme of ‘Layers of the Ocean.’ The children have researched and found out about the names of five Ocean layers and the plants and animals that live there. In pairs, they stuck five pieces of A4 paper together along the long side and measured out each layer, from sea level, to scale right down to the deepest part of the Ocean which is roughly 11,000m (the Mariana trench off of the coast of Japan). Using their pieces of paper and knowledge of what lives at each layer, the children then worked in pairs to draw, colour and paint on the animals and plants and added details like rocks, submarines and even things in the sky above the Ocean! Finally, we have stuck our artwork up along the corridor to create one giant mural.

Year 6 enjoyed creating some collages to depict the different layers of the ocean and produced some pictures of sea creatures in an aboriginal style.

Spring Term 2021 – Art at TJS


Year 3

This half term we have studied the author and artist Jeannie Baker and her unique collage representations of landscapes. We particularly focussed on her book, ‘The Window’ as we have spent so much time looking out of our windows at home and then the children created their own collage view ‘from their own window at home’. We discussed rural landscapes and cityscapes and how colour was affected by the change in these areas.

Year 4

While the majority of the school were working remotely, Year 4 children worked on a project to create an African sunset picture. The first task was to follow step-by-step instructions to sketch a range of African animals. Next, the children created an African sunset using a medium of their choice. On top of this sunset, the children painted or drew on to black paper the outline of animals they had learnt to sketch. The results were spectacular!

Once the children had returned to school, we began our second project of the Spring term which linked to studying Islam in R.E. After researching Islamic geometric patterns and Arabic writing, the children designed and made a print tile using card and string. Once dry, the children applied paint to their paint tile to create a whole page of prints. Take a look below!

Year 5

This half term we have introduced a new collage topic, which we linked to our history studies of the Mayans. We started by making a mood board after looking at various Mayan landscape scenes.


We thought about mood, emotions and textures represented in these scenes. Next, we made a sketch of the scene we wanted to create and added vocabulary to describe what we wanted our collage to look like. Then we carefully selected papers, card, fabric etc to complete our scenes which are now proudly on display in the corridor.

Year 6

The children in Year 6 have enjoyed sketching illustrations for their ‘Tyger’ poems. They have also successfully finished off their ‘Amazing Americas’ geography topic by looking at some American artists. We started by learning about Ansel Adams, considered one of the greatest American photographers. We looked at his black and white photos, including the Yosemite National Park in California and were inspired to create our own black and white collages using a range of landscape images.

Thunderstorm, Yosemite Valley by Ansel Adams

We have also studied a painting by Albert Bierstadt, a German Artist who moved to New York when he was 2 years old. Using the painting ‘Wind River Country’ (in the Rocky Mountains) we have considered form, process and mood.


The children developed their sketching skills to create perspective using lines and overlapping shapes to create their own Rocky Mountain sketches.

Art in Spring at Toftwood Infant

Although we have all been learning at home, there has still been lots of Art happening to celebrate!  

This term we have been getting busy throughout the year groups! Reception have been looking at the themes fantasy and animals and been getting creative exploring these. They have explored their creative freedom and practised their painting and drawing skills. 

In year 1 the children have explored different ways of creating pieces of artwork at home. They have looked at creating self-portraits, improving their observational drawing skills and using art to express themselves and share what they like!  

In year 2, the children have been creating artwork ready inspired by other artists. They have studied the work of Picasso and used the collage and drawing technique to create their own faces, recreated artwork of a water location inspired by the artist Monet, and enhanced their observational techniques by practising self-portraits.  

Getting Arty in Autumn 2020

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 animals and chose their favourite animal to paint. They researched the different parts of the body of animals and used their drawing skills to try to recreate an image of their favourite animal that they then painted.

In year 2, The children studied the artist Van gogh to inspire their work and looked carefully at the piece ‘Starry night’. They sketched their picture before painting thinking about making shades of colour and including dark and light tones. They have also looked at making watercolour painting and learning this new skill.

Amazing Art Display – Autumn 2020

The children at Toftwood Junior School have made a great start again with their Art.

Year 3 have been studying the artist Antoni Gaudi. The children have looked at lots of examples of his artwork and have created their own artwork in the style of Gaudi by making repeated patterns. The children then learnt how to draw on a polystyrene tile using various tools. Finally, they painted the tile to create a repeating pattern. The finished designs look delightful!

Year 4 combined Art and Design Technology for their first project. After looking at lots of images of Roman mosaics and learning all about them, the children began working on their designs. The children then selected their final design and added labels describing how they could adapt and improve their idea. They then started the huge task of creating their design out of tiny pieces of paper called tesserae, which the children had to cut, remembering to leave small gaps in between. The finished mosaics look amazing Year 4. These mosaics have been added to the top of a cake stand, which the children have made as part of D.T.

Year 5 started the new term by using a range of pencil grades to demonstrate basic drawing techniques. This then progressed to drawing cubes and spheres and experimenting with lighter and darker shading techniques, first with pencils and then oil pastels. The final stage was for the children to create a sunset using watercolours to make a background before a collage of Stonehenge was added. The results look amazing, the contrast between the stones and the sunset are brilliant. Well done Year 5.

Year 6 have started the new school year by designing Greek mythical creatures. Their designs included detailed labels that explained how they would create the features out of clay. As you can see from the photographs, their finished clay creatures look fantastic.

Christmas Wreath Festival

Recently, Toftwood Federation were invited to take part in the Christmas Wreath Festival organised by Dereham Baptist Church. Many children took part by designing and decorating a handprint. There were so many different ways in which they had been decorated from a collaged Christmas dinner to a furry Father Christmas!

The wreaths from our Federation will be displayed in Blaines Electrical shop and William H Brown Estate Agents. The trail is due to begin on December 3rd so why not try to spot our wreaths and see how many other wreaths you can find around Dereham?

A big thank you to everyone who created a handprint, the wreaths look amazing!

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.

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.