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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


Year 1L are very lucky to have Mrs May come into class each week to teach us Art.  We will be working with Mrs May to help produce work towards our Artsmark Award, these will be stand alone lesson which will teach us a new set of skills to apply within our creative work.

Summer Term 2:

Throughout our final half term in Year 1 we will be focusing on the Titanic with our aim being to create our own multi-textured version of the most famous ship in British history.

We began by sharing what we already know about the Titanic which Mrs May was very impressed by.. Hopefully by the end of the topic the children will have plenty to share at home too!

Task 1 involved the children concentrating carefully whilst cutting out the pattern (template) which will form the basic of our final piece then we were able to have a go at using a variety of tools to represent objects in lines.  We achieved this by drawing our own versions of ships/ sail boats.  They were amazing!!

Summer Term 1:

This half term our focus is all about Aboriginal Art.  To begin we read one of their traditional stories which are known as Dreamtime because they are stories containing important features of Aboriginal people's spiritual beliefs.

We then read a Dreamtime story, the children listened carefully and loved it!  Here's a link so you can watch too..

We looked at various Aboriginal paintings they are made up of lots and lots of dots, containing hidden symbols and very similar 'earthy' colours such as red, orange, yellow and brown.  Mrs May introduced todays task, we were going to use a different technique to practice our own Aboriginal style using cotton buds!  It sounded very funny but once Mrs May had modelled the technique the children couldn't wait to get started.  Watching on we have some amazing artist in Year 1L.

In the last few weeks we have been building up our final pieces of Aboringine inspired art work.  The children have loved completing them from drawing and cutting the various symbols and using them as boarders to going dotty dabbing our sea turtles.  We think they are fantastic and are proudly displayed on our classroom window for everyone to see!

Here are a few photographs of our hardwork over the last few weeks...

Here are some of our completed final pieces of artwork:

Spring Term 2:

This half term we will be focusing on the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.  We began by going through a Powerpoint all about his life and we even learnt some interesting facts about him such as...

"He only began painting at the age of 30 and he is one of the first known 'abstract' artist."


Here are a few examples of Kandinsky's famous paintings.

We learnt through the Powerpoint that Kandinsky used to paint whilst listening to music and often had his eyes closed allowing his hands to move with the music.  So Mrs May allowed us to try the exact thing, with paper on the floor and charcoal in our hands we closed our eyes and moved with the music! 

The responses were amazing, Miss Connor only wishes she'd have recorded us instead of taking photographs!

Next we looked at a few examples of his work, similar to those images seen above, using various tools; pencil crayons, oil pastels and watercolours we created our own masterpieces influenced by this fantastic artist.  We had so much fun!

To conclude our learning on Kandinsky we asked the children to talk about their own and their friends final pieces of work; what they liked or disliked but remembering to give a reasoning behind the claims.  The children loved walking around sharing each others achievements and gave some excellent views and ways to improve work, its fantastic hearing them use artist language to help others and shows how well they have understood the abstract art world!