Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

Art and Design

Implementation: The Art and Design curriculum is purposeful and relevant to the pupils. The knowledge and skills pupils acquire, build on their previous learning, allowing them to transfer key skills, knowledge and concepts to their long-term memories.

Impact: We are proud of the achievements of our pupils in Art and Design. Our pupils fluently apply their skills and knowledge within Art and Design and make connections to their existing knowledge and to other curriculum areas.

At Stanford School, pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding and enjoyment of a variety of media and processes so that they can record, communicate and express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in many different ways. The pupils gain a developing awareness of the wide range of work by artists and designers from different times and cultures including those from their own locality. The pupils are encouraged to respond and evaluate their own and other’s work.

We have visiting artists to the school to enhance the pupil’s knowledge and learning and to provide further inspiration.

Our Intent: For Art and Design at Stanford School we offer the children:

  • The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

From the Early Years to Year 6 children develop a wide range of art skills and use these to create fantastic work to display.

Chalk Drawing

In Green Bubble we drew pictures to celebrate someone’s birthday!

Ocean Life

In our first week as Turquoise Bubble we looked at the creatures in the Ocean. First we turned ourselves into deep sea divers then we made junk jelly fish and an ocean diorama. The children had lots of fun being creative.
Miss Perrin

Can I use tints and shades to create tone to my painting?

We explored some flower paintings by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe to look as how she made them look 3D.

We then tried really hard to add tints and shades to our flower paintings.

Rainbow Collage

Children have coloured their rainbow and used various collage materials including orange lentils, purple sand and blue shiny paper.

Creating Pictish Stones

A Pictish stone is a type of monument that the Picts used to carve symbols. They decorated them with designs or wrote on them using the ogham alphabet. During Poppy classes’ Art lesson, we looked at the Pictish stones. We designed one using the ogham alphabet and then made them using clay. The children had lots of fun making them.

Botanical Illustrations

We have been exploring botanical studies in art. We took samples of plants from our playground and had ago at improving our observational skills to create our own botanical illustrations.

Pop-up puppets

Linked to our toy town work Seedlings class have been combining and joining materials together to make a pop-up puppet. They painted a face, added hair and cut and shaped materials to create a pop-up hat!

Exploring the famous artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1527-1593

The Sunflower's have been finding out about Arcimboldo and have been fascinated with his fruit and vegetable faces.

Arcimboldo is well known today for painting portraits of people made out of different types of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. He would pick food that had a connection to whatever he was painting. For example, when creating a picture of autumn, he used fruit and vegetables that grew in autumn.

The Sunflowers have created fruit and vegetable faces of their own using oil pastels and also on the computer.

Can I create a charm for a piece of jewellery?

In Art we are learning about jewellery design & designers. Today we learnt about Tiffany & co who are famous for their elaborate pieces of jewellery.

A lot of their jewellery have pendants or charms on them so we tried making them for ourselves out of clay.

When they are dry we will paint them and make them beautiful.

Can I make a replica of an Anglo-Saxon broach?

As a part of our Hook Event, the class were given an introduction to the Anglo-Saxons. They discovered where they came from and where they fit on the timeline of events in British history. We know a lot about the Anglo-Saxons through the discovery of a burial ship at Sutton Hoo. The Anglo-Saxons were experts at metal work and created some fine pieces of jewellery.

The children then learnt about Jewellery, its uses throughout history, and about the different types of gemstones and their names. We discovered that Anglo-Saxon broaches were often circular, symmetrical, and intricate. They were decorated with gemstones and enamel. The designs were usually made by embossing the metal.

The children were asked to design a broach similar to the ones we have researched. We made the designs by using thick cardboard and string to raise parts of the pattern. The children then covered their brooch with tin foil and gently pressed it down so the pattern emerged through the foil. The brooches were then painted and ‘gems’ were added.

Watch out for pictures of the finished products on this blog!

Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954)

This term, one of our Art objectives is to learn about 'Great artists in history'. We have been studying the self portraits of Frida Kahlo - a surrealist artist in the 1920s - 1950s.

Kahlo mainly painted portraits of herself and was inspired by nature, animals and Mexican artifacts. We have enjoyed learning about a new artist and also discussing how we all interpret her artwork differently.

This particular piece, 'Wounded Deer', generated some very mature and thought provoking ideas;

'It shows that humans and nature should be at peace with each other. The arrows represent the criticism that Kahlo received for going against gender stereotypes - they hurt her, but she still stood strong, like a majestic deer.'

'I think this piece shows that animals and humans are equal but people should not be hunting and hurting animals,'

Christmas Enterprise

Each year the classes take part in an enterprise scheme where we design products to sell at the Christmas Fayre, to raise money for the class. This year we decided to link our products to our history and art work.

In the Victorian period the Arts and Crafts Movement started. William Morris, and others like him, didn’t approve of mass-produced art that was the result of the industrialised Victorian society. The Arts and Crafts movement favoured a return to handmade goods instead of machine-made items. He was famous for his wallpaper which he created by printing on the paper with printing blocks. As arts and crafts supplies at that time were often unavailable, creative artists made use of the simple materials they had at hand either in the home or found in surrounding nature.

To link our product with these ideas we decided to use things around us to create our items. We used some books and turned them into a beautiful Christmas ornament by folding the pages to create a Christmas tree. To link this to our learning about William Morris we created our own printing blocks and created book covers which we decorated by hand to make them look bright and cheerful. They looked really effective.


We carried our handmade theme onto our hoops. As the theme was ‘Winter Wonderland’ we made hats, scarves and snowballs out of wool. They looked really cute but they were tricky to make!


Our stall looked amazing with all the handmade goods for sale! Well done Poppy Class!!


Art – Painting our Cartouches ready to sell at the Christmas Fayre

Can I create a replica of an Ancient Egyptian Cartouche?

We learnt in history A cartouche is a nameplate that was used by the ancient Egyptians (usually pharaohs or very rich people). A cartouche
had the person’s name written in hieroglphyics and was usually placed on a sarcophagus. The ancient Egyptians believed that it was important to have your name written down and recorded otherwise you might disappear in death and not find the underworld. The oval shape of the cartouche was important because it represented eternity - no beginning and no end.

We used pictures of these and information about hieroglyphs to design and create our own cartouches.

Today we have used our sketches to help us as we used a range of techniques to create our cartouche using clay.  We had to make sure the clay had no air in it. We used wood to ensure that our cartouche was an even size.  We used tools to cut out the shape (we used a template to get the correct shape).    We had to roll the clay into a long worm shape for the boarder.  We used slip to help stick the border round the shape.

Now they are left to dry.  We can’t wait to paint them.

The Battle of Hastings
By Year 2

Today we have been using a paper copy of the Bayeux Tapestry to follow the story of The Battle of Hastings in 1066. We had already read the story and watched an animated version on line but we have been looking closely at the stitching on the tapestry. We also recreated parts of the battle ourselves through art work.

Art Appreciation

Mrs. Brady led an interesting assembly all about a Cornish artist called Alfred Wallis.

The children enjoyed looking at his paintings and learning all about his life.

Alfred Wallis painted on cardboard from old boxes and only used a small range of colours.

This kind of art is called 'Naive Art', where perspective and scale are not important. In fact his paintings are a bit like maps.

Could you be inspired to paint like him? Enjoy his wonderful paintings on YouTube.


We have been using our sewing skills to create nature pictures.

First we drew our designs, then we used different threads to create the image.

We hope you like looking at our pictures.

Click on the images to make them larger.

Masks inspired by Ancient Maya

We have investigated different types of masks that the Ancient Maya used. Following this we sketched our favourite or the ones we found most interesting. After this designed our own version of a Mask inspired by the features shown by the Ancient Maya. Today we are putting our designs into reality…

Our intent: Can we showcase some of our wonderful Art work in the local and wider community?

The implementation: Teachers at Stanford School carefully selected a wide range of art work to showcase a wide range of techniques and skills. There were paintings of animals, silhouette paintings, collage work, marbelling abstraction and drawings influenced by William Morris.

The impact: Several pieces of children's art work from the Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 were on display at The Courtyard at Freeman Street Market in Grimsby for public viewing alongside work by children from other local primary and secondary schools. This work was then displayed at Grimsby Town Hall.

Three children were awarded Commendations at the Rotary Club of Grimsby Havelok 'Young Painter of the Year' award ceremony at Grimsby Town Hall.

Well done to everyone who entered, we are all very proud of you!