Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
At Stanford School Art and Design permeate the whole curriculum. We have a creative curriculum approach to learning.
Children 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 children 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 children are encouraged to respond and evaluate their own and other’s work.
We have visiting artists to the school to enhance the children’s knowledge and learning and to provide further inspiration.
Sunflower Class worked in groups and altogether as a class to create wonderful natural sculptures outside. Their work was influenced by the environmental artist; Andy Goldsworthy. Summer- I like working altogether to make a bigger and better sculpture.
Mollie- I like art outside because I can use natural materials.
James- Andy Goldsworthy likes shapes, particularly circles and he likes to work outside. I think his art is very interesting and very beautiful.
The Year 1 children have begun to explore the work of environmental sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. After seeing some of his work today, they were inspired to get outdoors and have a go themselves!
Oscar- I'm enjoying making shapes.
Millie- We are working as a team to make a giant circle.
Tarik- I'm using twigs and leaves.
Jack- I can find lots of things to use.
We researched the different masks that were discovered from the Ancient Mayans. We used this as a stimulus to create our own mask designs. We are using a variety of different media to complete our masks.
Some of our designs:
Today we started to create our masks from our designs.
Children in Star Anise and Barley over the last two days have enjoyed baking biscuits ( and eating them} painting tyres and decorating them, ready to plant herbs and strawberries as part of outdoor learning. Making clay Tudor Roses and learning about graffiti art.
We are making great progress with our mosaic of the school badge.
Sunflower Class have had fun starting off this wonderful mosaic today. Every child in the school will get the chance to work on this exciting project.
Mrs. Brady would like to thank The Stanford Trust for sponsoring this worthwhile activity, Mr. Hodson for drawing and cutting out the badge and Mrs. Drury for teaching the children this exciting technique.
Many of the class researched the types of clothing and headwear that the Ancient Maya wore.
We started the day listening to A Mayan Folktale called “The Chocolate Tree” by L Lowery and R Keep. The story told us that the king Kukulkan, who was also a God, gave the Cacao tree to the Maya as a gift from paradise.
We enjoyed re-acting the folktale in groups:
The Maya used cocoa beans to make a frothy drink using spices. It was quite bitter. However when the Spanish explorers came they added sugar. We all tried a version of Maya Hot Chocolate. The chilli and cinnamon gave it a slightly spicy flavour which many of us enjoyed. Some of us were less keen.
We were introduced to a range of Mayan Gods and used our observation skills to sketch then paint using cocoa as paint. Our paintings smell delicious!
We had lots of fun on our hook day. Both parents and children have worked really hard in putting together some amazing costumes. The children really enjoyed dressing up as citizens, soldiers, gods and goddesses. Don’t they look amazing?
The children enjoyed taking part in the different activities and more importantly learning about the Romans.
The Romans liked to wear laurel wreaths on their heads. It was a symbol of victory and honour. The children made their own laurel wreaths using paper plates and paper.
Another activity was preparation for a Roman mask. In the theatres the Romans played lots of different parts, they used masks to show different characters and emotions. Today we started to make the base for the masks by using papier mache and balloons. We are going to work on these and produce masks for our very own Roman tragedies.
The romans used tiles to make pictures which they called Mosaics. The wealthier the Romans were, the more intricate the mosaics they had on their floors. The children designed their own tiles and then created them with tiny paper squares. It was quite tricky getting the tiny pieces in the right places. Some children helped with larger mosaics which we will put outside our classroom for everyone to see.
We learnt about how the Romans wrote their numbers as letters. It is very tricky working them out as they have to be in a certain order and they work from the largest value to the smallest
We learnt a way of remembering the order and value of the letters by using a mnemonic.
The children enjoyed using Roman numerals in different ways using them to work out shopping lists, break codes and simple addition and subtractions problems. Roman numerals are also handy for telling the time.
The children looked at the different costumes that the Romans wore, depending on their social status. They chose an appropriate outfit for a Roman citizen or soldier.
The Romans had a place called a Forum where they discussed important matters of the day. At the end of the day the children were split into 2 teams and took part in a discussion. We looked at an important matter – Recycling first from a Roman point of view where they didn’t consider it important and then discussing how recycling is far more important today considering the polution of the oceans and its harm to the environment.
Sunflower Class were inspired by a poem by Michael Rosen all about Jellyfish. They found out about sea creatures, they moved like sea creatures and together wrote a wonderful poem and created exciting art work outside with colourful chalk.
I have seen a real jellyfish
Wiggly like an octopus
The jellyfish jumps
The jellyfish wobbles through the night
Waving like a hand
Wiggling like my toes
Shaking like my body
Flying like a bumble bee
Swimming like a whale
Very smoothly, moving gently
Squishy and squashy
The clam snapping like a stick
Wiggling like coral and wiggling like a worm
Wiggling like fingers
Squids swim in water and swim like a fish
Gold fish shine
Fins are very pointy and sharks have fins
The jellyfish are squishy like playdough
The fish swim round and round
The starfish stay still
Sharks eat fish
The Sunflowers had a busy time and lots of fun creating wonderful space art. They made aliens flying colourful spaceships, they baked and iced constellation cookies and used chalk to create a solar eclipse. They used wax and paint to create the milky way and explored the technique of marbling with amazing results. In addition to all of this, lots of children brought interesting space items and information from home.
Taylor- I liked colouring a star. I did a repeating pattern.
Joshua- I used loads of chalk to make a solar eclipse. I used a brush to spread the chalk.
Libby- I liked seeing what happened on my paper when I did marbling.
Bella- I did lots and lots of home learning. I made the Earth, wrote about the sun and drew big posters of the whole solar system.
Lily W- My biscuit was nice.
For our themed work ‘Over the Rainbow’ we have been very creative using all the various colours. From a rainbow collage and a rainbow of coloured streamers to mixing paint to create new colours in a rainbow. Can you name all the colours in the rainbow? Can you sing a song about a rainbow?
We had a lovely Friendship Activity event after school – pupils came along to make friendship bracelets, do craft activities and enjoy a chat over a biscuit and a juice. Thank you to the staff for supporting this – lots of kind words from everyone!
In English we have been inspired to improve our descriptive language by describing a snowy landscape. This is in preparation for this term's main fiction texts, "The Ice Palace" and "The Princess' Blankets".
Here is our shared poem that we created as a class:
Alongside this in Art we have created Winter forest artwork. We have been exploring different effects using paint. We mixed salt and glitter with paint to create a frosty effect. We made tree branch stencils which we carefully placed on white cartridge paper then colour washed over. After this we removed our stencils which left white tree branches with a cold shimmery blue sky. When dry we added details to the branches and added a silver moon.
We read about the world before creatures lived and how volcanoes erupted turning lava into rock formations. We chose words and phrases that helped us to mentally picture this event. The children then worked in pairs to draw the images they had created in their minds and labelled them with the wonderful imagery and phrases we have discovered. They produced some wonderful pieces of art linked to the text and enjoyed working creatively as a team.
What a busy time Sunflowers have had. They have made glistening winter trees for their hoop decoration, sewn beautiful felt winter robins with Mrs. Warton and made wonderful decorations at home to decorate our class Christmas tree
Sunflower Class enjoyed making these lovely Rudolph cards. Some great colouring, cutting and sticking. Well done everyone.
The children loved making our Christmas cards and calendars this year. We decided to get our hands dirty by printing with our fingers on the cards and with sponges on the calendars. Don't they look effective?
This afternoon we met Rachel McWilliam, a local Blacksmith Artist who shared her expertise as designing and making sculpture. We were wowed by her pieces of work and really interested in hearing about the design process. During our question and answer session we found our her favourite piece, the largest piece and the smallest. Many of us were surprised we have seen some of Rachel's work on the sea front at Cleethorpes.
The Egyptians used to write on paper made from papyrus. They would tear it into strips, weave it together, beat it to make it flat and leave it to dry for several days.
We tried to make our own papyrus style paper. We tore paper into strips and dipped it into glue and water so it would stick together. We laid the paper out in strips and we had to do several layers to make it thick enough to write on. We left it for 4 days to dry then we painted it so it looked like ancient papyrus.
We researched Egyptian gods and found out that they were half human and half animal. We designed our own gods and drew them on our paper. Some chose to colour theirs in felt tips and others chose paint.
Don't they look fantastic?
Barley class read a short passage from their Power of Reading book, Skellig. They discussed what they could se and then sketched a picture to represent their visualisation using charcoals on white paper. They then describe the picture.
Look at our fantastic pieces of artwork depicting the city skyline during the Blitz.
We used a mixed media approach including paint, pencil crayon and collage.
Barley class enjoyed their Hook day- designing and then creating their own African masks using a variety of materials and artistic techniques. We discussed African mask designs, colours and textures and then designed our own using a design prototype. We then started to bring our designs to life!
Barley class completed their African masks using a range of materials.... don't they look amazing and effective!?
On Thursday 7th September we had a hook day to start off our learning about the Ancient Egyptians. As ever the parents were incredibly supportive and creative with the costumes based upon the theme ‘Egyptians, Mummies and Explorers’. The children looked wonderful.
(Keep the togas safe Mum and Dads as we will be ‘visiting’ the Roman Era in the summer.)
Look at Darcy’s wonderful eye make-up!
This will link into a DT project where the children will design their own canopic jar. The children used kitchen paper towels with glue to cover a plastic cup. The children were full of questions about what these jars were used for, and we will find out about the gory details of the mummification process later this term…..if they can wait that long!
The children learnt about how the Ancient Egyptians invented the earliest paper. They made it from the papyrus plant which is where the word paper comes from. Papyrus was made by splitting the stems of the plant into thin strips and soaking the strips in water. The strips were then placed onto top of each other in a criss-cross pattern. The sheet would then be hit with a mallet to bond the ﬁbres together and then left for a few days to dry with heavy weights on the top. We used strips of newspaper and placed them in a criss-cross pattern. We had to use several layers to make one piece of paper. We then had to leave it until it had thoroughly dried which took 4 days. We are going to try drawing and writing on the paper. What a lot of hard work! Let’s hope we don’t make a mistake as it took days to make 1 sheet!
The children were given a base of 10x10. The children had to first estimate how many cubes it would check. Then they had to look at the base & visualise each layer and work out how many cubes would be in each layer and find the total number of cubes. Finally the children were allowed to get the cubes and check their work. This wasn’t easy as they needed steady hands!! Luckily they had plenty of friends to help.
The children were given paper dolls for them to create Egyptian costumes. The children enjoyed getting creative.
These are just some of the activities we enjoyed. We built pyramids. We tried ‘Walking like an Egyptian’ and we have learnt some Egyptian songs which I am sure you will be hearing the children sing at home.
We had a fabulous day and we had lots of fun!
Sunflower Class were really inspired by the artist Arcimboldo, not only did they create their own fruit faces, but they learnt about his life and researched the other kinds of paintings he made.
For their Hook Day, the Year 1 children learnt all about Arcimboldo and were inspired to create exciting fruit faces using both art materials and real fruit. James- Arcimboldo was born in Italy and he was an artist when the years started with 15 (1500s). Oscar- I enjoyed painting fruit faces and liked to put a face on a pineapple shape. Jack- I made a face with real fruit and I ate it all up! Millie- I made a fruit face. I did some cutting and sticking. Mason- I could make a fruit face on the laptop. I played a game. Indianna- My group worked together to make a big fruit face. We had black cherries, watermelon and grapes. Isabelle B- We used apples, blueberries, strawberries and we had cherries. It was nice to eat. Neve- I really enjoyed making a big fruit face on the carpet with pineapples and lots of bananas. Taylor- I found out that Arcimboldo made faces with vegetables too
Sunflower Class enjoyed drawing pictures of the church. These particular pictures were presented to Mr. Stevens during a recent visit to thank him for showing the class around the church.
William Morris didn’t like the mass produced art of the industrialised Victorian society. He began the Arts and Crafts movement which favoured a return to skilled workmanship and high quality goods. His work was heavily influenced by and featured designs based on nature. We studied his artwork and then collected different leaves from the nature area to inspire our own individual designs.