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 . 


We are proud of Art at South Wilford!

Our environment reflects our love of Art, it is everywhere!😊

Remembrance Day 2023

Meet our Art curriculum council: Anson, Ore and Aisling and our new recruit Imani!

As part of our Christmas card competition for Lilian Greenwood MP, the curriculum council team explored our school entries and chose their favourite designs to go in our own school gallery. Well done to everyone who entered! 

Art Curriculum Council’s choice of winners for the school gallery!

Ore, Anson, Aisling and Imani have been working hard to support other children in their Art lessons this term. They have enjoyed supporting with acrylic pouring techniques in year 2 to enhance their topic of The Great Fire of London. The curriculum council have also been supporting in Year 1’s colour mixing sessions inspired by Bisa Butler.

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 

Summer 2023 saw our Art reach new heights in our Global celebration event. We created a beautiful art gallery in the barns at St Wilfred’s Church and invited our community to come and enjoy the wonderful artwork produced by the children from EYFS to Year 6.

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

The Winner of Lilian Greenwood MP Christmas card competition 2022

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 2022

Art CPD at South Wilford 2023-2024

At South Wilford, all of our teaching staff are enjoying getting creative during our practical Art staff meetings, which happen each half term. We focus on key skills, vocabulary and progression in different media to ensure quality first teaching happens across school. Here are some colour mixing and watercolour techniques in action!

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

Art Club

Art clubs are at South Wilford are very popular. Here are some children enjoying Clay Creators and Art and Craft club.

EYFS in action 2022-2023

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 2023- 2024

Colourful portrait creating using IT, I inspired by Bisa Butler and artwork on Tate Kids

Year 1 have been in inspired by the bright and bold artwork of Bisa Butler. We discovered that the use of colour and pattern could hold meaning and show emotion. With this inspiration, the children created colourful self portraits that reflected their personalities, all with only the three primary colours, black and white as their starting pallet. Look what we created!

In the Autumn term we develop our colour mixing skills. We learn about the primary, secondary and tertiary colours. We also develop our knowledge of mixing finite, shade and tones.

Year 1 have been exploring autumn and the wonderful changes in colour that comes with this season. The children created beautiful site specific art where nature would eventually claim it back. Look at what we created!

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 2 Art 2023-2024

Year 2 enjoyed an afternoon of acrylic pouring with Mrs Williams inspired by different abstract, fluid artists. They made there own pouring medium and mixed a variety of warm ‘fire’ colours and made some tints and shades for smoke effects to represent the hues they might have seen during The Great Fire of London. They used tilting techniques, straws and a hairdryer to blow the paint in different directions. 

Year 2 explored the techniques of acrylic pouring, chalk pastels and blown watercolour ink 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

Year 3 have enjoyed an exciting Viking day, designing and creating their own shields. There were some amazing colours and designs!

Year 3 have been inspired by different jewellery designs through history. They design their own brooches ready to create.

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 2023- 2024

Sculpture time in Year 5! They are now bringing their planets to life through the use of paper mache and paper pulp. We can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Year 5 are exploring planets in their topic Race to Space. They have been designing a new planet and even invented new hues to match the different environments on their inventive planets.

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 the land art work of Andy Goldsworthy, Walter Mason and Michael Grab. During their trip to Castleton in the Peak District, they spent an hour collecting materials from the environment and creating their own site-specific artwork.

This term, Year 5 have been looking at pop artist Keith Hering as a way to explore feelings and emotions through animated, stylised images. The children have explored this through the mediums of chalk, sgraffito with oil pastel and explored pattern too. This design will then go on to create a printing block for some BIG class collaboration art. Watch this space!

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