South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School

Spark the flame, light up the world.



Experimenting is key in EYFS and Year 1, and so children are given the opportunity to explore, investigate, and handle the different media to see what they can do. This helps develop a culture of thinking and problem solving at a greater depth level. As they move up through school, children continue to investigate and experiment, but specific techniques are taught to help them build upon their art skills further. By Years 5 and 6, children should be able to select and use appropriate tools and techniques for a specific purpose. Acquiring knowledge and understanding of various artists’ methods, motives and pieces of work ensures that our children access a global art curriculum, developing cultural capitalism and curiosity.


At the heart of the Art curriculum is investigation, exploration and enjoyment! Through creating a culture where ‘everyone is an artist in their own right’, each child has the freedom to experiment, develop, reflect, and importantly, progress. By adopting this mind-set, each child will raise their aspirations and achieve success in art, which in turn will support their mental health and well-being. 


As a school, we aim to provide rich opportunities to support children to develop their Art skills in a variety of media. We take care to ensure that, each year, the children build on previous learning and enhance their skills, enabling them to upskill and progress to their full potential . 


Meet our Art curriculum council: Anson, Ore, Elby & Zack

Everyone is an artist!

We are so proud of the children at our school! Look at all of the incredible Art going on across the school!

Art Competitions and Community Events 

Inspirational black poets lead to wonderful art and creativity in our special community even for Black History Month!

Congratulations to the 3 runners up and the overall winner of MP Lillian Greenwood’s Christmas Card Competition.

Some of South Wilford’s Christmas card entries for a competition set by local MP Lillian Greenwood

Art CPD at South Wilford

EYFS joined some trainee teachers and Mrs Williams out in our forest schools area to create some mixed media art! We used clay and found objects to create our favourite animals from stories for other children to find.

Working together. Art CPD sessions for Transform Trust schools lead by South Wilford Art Lead Natasha Williams

EYFS in action

EYFS Art. Look at what we have been creating!

EYFS have been working together to creative a beautiful farm mural. They used the techniques of painting and printing. 

Year 1 in Action 2022-2023

Using techniques such as heavy and light blending, scumbling and shading to add detail to their dinosaur sketches.

Exploring sketching pencils. Looking at the meaning of the numbers and letters on sketching pencils and investigative the value each on leaves on a page when heavy and light blending.

Sketching and drawing. Using shape to support progression in 2D drawing.

Year used clay to model and sculpt clay divas to celebrate Diwali. They used clay tools to add detail and pattern.

Year one have Ben inspired by a poem about Martin Luther King Jn. They loved how it talked about being values for your character. The children created portraits of themselves by colour mixing colours that represented their personalities. They finished them off with paint pens to add detail. Here they are in action, with support from some of the curriculum council.

Final art pieces inspired by a poem about Martin Luther King Jn.

Year 1 put their colour mixing skills to great use when giving thanks for our fruit and vegetables ready for harvest festival.

Year 1 colour mixing

In Year 1, the children have been exploring colour mixing, using primary colours to create secondary and tertiary colours. They had lots of fun exploring the different colours they could create. 

Exploring our wonderful world through photography

2021-2022 Year 1 Art

Year 1 creating the Art for their e- book in Computing. We even made our illustrations move using animation functions in Purple Mash!

Everyone is an artist! Year 1 have been studying the artist Vincent Van Gogh. They used their sketching skills to find shapes in his Art titled ‘Sunflowers’. Next the children used their mixing palettes to create different tones and tints of colours using the primary colours. They used think paint and quick brush strokes in the style of Van Gogh.

Watch out, dinosaurs about! Year one have been learning all about dinosaurs in Spring 1. They have been developing their sketching techniques by looking for shapes and using the correct sketching pencil. They then developed their shading techniques by selecting and experimenting with different pencil grades.

Dinosaur sculptures. Year 1 have been developing their sculpting skills by learning to join clay, including using slip. They created their dinosaurs by concentrating on the 3D shapes they could see in toy dinosaurs and recreated them by rolling and manipulating clay. The children also used clay tools to add different patterns and textures to their dinosaurs.

Year 1 Art from Autumn term 2021

Year 2 Art 2022-2023

Year 2 explored the techniques of acrylic pouring, chalk pastels and marbling to see which created a better pattern to represent fire in the their topic on The Great Fire of London.

Year 2 are exploring chalk pastels. Trying out different techniques ready to creat a piece of artwork on The Great Fire of London.

Year 2 Art 2021-2022

Year 3 Art 2022-2023

Exploring the artist Picasso

Year 3 Art 2021-2022

Year 3 have been learning about the the British fashion designer Paul Smith. Here the children are exploring pattern and colour through watercolours.

Year 4 Art 2022-2023

Exploration of pastel techniques in sketchbooks

Year 4 Art 2021-2022

Year 5 Art 2022-2023

Sculpture: creating 3D planets using paper machè and adding paper pulp to create detail and texture.

Creating hues in sketchbooks for their own planet design in the year 5 topic ‘Race to Space’.

In Year 5, the children studied Andy Goldsworthy and learned all about land art. During their trip to Castletown in the Peak District, they spent an hour collecting materials from the environment and creating their own site-specific artwork.

Year 6 Art 2022-2023

Sculpture. Year 6 have been creating armatures with wire to create warriors. First they sketched their designs to scale. Then they made their wire armature and built it up using modroc.

Year 6 Art