Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Art & Design

How children learn to be artists @TJ...

When children join us in Reception they learn to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour mixing and creating different textures.  As their knowledge develops, they begin choosing colours for a particular purpose whilst representing their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through simple representations of events, people and objects. Children are given vast opportunities to develop their skills through child initiated and child led activities such as junk modelling, painting, lolly stick puppet making, cooking, playdough and clay.


By Year 1, children build upon their previously learned skills and moving on to design, create and evaluate their work inspired by the creation of their own treasure chest and pirate coins linked to our ‘Treasure Island’ unit.  As they progress, they begin experimenting  with self-portraits, learning how to draw faces and understand facial expressions, whilst having fun creating an ID card for their future selves in 20 years’ time through our unit ‘A day in the Life’.

Progressing  into Year 2, children look in a little more depth at the work and techniques of artists such as Turner and Monet.  Combining collage and other techniques, they recreate the famous ‘Boat at Giverny’ whilst putting their own spin on it using our home town to create ‘The Boat on the Avon’.  Exploring Stratford’s rich architecture, they develop their observational drawing skills as well as adapting and evolving their previously learned skills to create a futurist painting, capturing the speed and movement of transport.


As our children enter Key Stage 2 they build further upon their sequence of learning from Key Stage one, expanding their knowledge of Artists whilst exploring art as a means on self-expression, experimenting with different materials and techniques. During our unit ‘It’s…Island life’ children travel the globe discovering its islands many different fabrics whilst getting creative with island inspired stamps.  They delve deeper into techniques and artistic style creating sunsets,   prehistoric cave paintings and replicate ceramic artefacts across different time periods.  The year ends with an exploration of the impact of advertising and the influence that steam trains had on the futuristic art movement.


From rail to airline, children in Year 4 look in detail atdifferent airline logos and designs culminating their research with an airline logo of their own.  From 2D to 3D form, they bring their ideas to life representing flight through sculpture during our unit ‘It’s…Gateways to the world’.  Present day to past, they travel back to the time of the Egyptians, and linking Art to History, discover Tutankhamun’s tomb leaving their own mark in history through tomb wall paintings, before finally igniting their inner fashion designer making ancient Egyptian headdresses.

Arriving in Year 5, children will have already established a wealth of skills and techniques enabling them to generate Greek and Roman style art works when exploring the ‘The Great, The Bold and The Brave’.  Exploring the impact of humans on islands, children ascertain a new talent, sketching aerial images of islands and discover the power of art and advertising whilst creating and displaying prints inspired by Andy Warhol.  Travelling as far back as ‘AD 900’ childrenlearn about the achievements and inventions of the Golden Age of Islam generating Islamic art and their confidence for design grows when making West African masquerade masks and costumes.


As our children prepare to leave Thomas Jolyffe we ensure the children are secondary school ready and have been exposed to different techniques, media and artists. To conclude their time at TJ the children explore the ways science and technology are transforming the way we live our lives. With this in mind the children work together to create a piece of art in the futurist style. We then consider what these changes mean for ourselves, our communities and the world by creating a piece of art in a Dadaist style.


For our final project we learn about the history of the English language and how it has constantly evolved and changed over the past 1500 years. We explore how English has developed and grown and how that mirrors Britain in today’s global world. The children create their own manuscript and decorate it with initials, borders and miniature illustrations.


Mrs H O’Sullivan (Art & Design Coordinator)

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’