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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Art and Design Portfolio

Evidence from the EYFS curriculum

Expressive arts and design, Exploring and using media and materials Nursery enjoyed our Outdoor Transient art area. The children selected and organised a range of natural materials.

Expressive arts and design, Exploring and using media and material Nursery enjoyed making a mono print. They painted onto the table and then used their fingers to make marks to represent someone in their family. Once it was dry they chose collage materials to add details.

Reception: Expressive Arts and Design - Using and Exploring Media and Materials 

40-60m Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects. Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of

After learning about hibernating animals, we used a variety of autumnal treasures to create pictures of hibernating animals. 


The children used oil pastels to create representations of fireworks. They thought carefully about the shapes and colours they would use. The children were learning how to handle and hold the oil pastels and also how to blend them using cotton buds.

The children in Reception have been learning how to manipulate clay and how to use tools to make patterns. The children created their own Diva lamps as part our learning about Diwali. 

The children used scissors, glue, glitter and paint to create their own interpretation of a snowflake. During this activity they were learning how to select tools and use the safely, how to attach two items together and how to make marks with paint in different ways.

The children also spent time creating box models to link to our RE learning about creation. The children used boxes, scissors, glue, tape and other collage materials to make their own creation. 

Please see our evidence for each Art & Design National Curriculum Programme of Study below.

KS1 - Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

Year 1

Learning Intention: Construct simple structures, models or other products using a range of materials.

The children were worried that the alien would be missing home, so they worked in pairs to design a brand-new space ship. They were encouraged to think about the properties of the materials they were using and its suitability for features of the spaceship. By the end of the lesson, the children had selected appropriate materials to construct  a simple spaceship. They also thought about their method of joining materials to ensure they were secure.

Year 2

LI: To use coloured ice to observe what happens when primary colours mix.

The children created ice cube paintings from frozen blocks of watered down primary coloured paints. They were encouraged to slide  the blocks around the paper to create patterns and allow them to melt into fluid shapes. The children observed  what happens as primary colours mix and make secondary colours. By the end of the lesson, the children were able to discuss what colours had been created when you mix primary colours and were able to discuss what had happened with the ice. 

Year 2 used milk, food colouring and dish soap to produce a marbling technique which they transferesd to cartridge paper.

Year One

LQ: How do you create a dinosaur egg?

The children were given the following information;

  • The Maiasaur laid their eggs in a circle.
  • Saurapods laid theirs in a row as if they were laid while walking.
  • Hypselosaurus laid football sized eggs in groups of five.

They used manipulation methods such as squeezing, pinching, pulling, pressing, squashing and smoothing to create dinosaur eggs with their play dough.

They were able to demonstrate that they understood how the eggs were laid by shaping their play dough.

KS1 - Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

Year 2 Listened to sections of Disney's Fantasia, and drew images, shapes and designs that they imagined from the music. They chose colours which matched the feelings that the music evoked.  

Year One: The children designed and created their own imaginary animal. They rolled, patted and sculptured the clay into their desired shape.

KS1 - Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Year 1 have been looking at the work of Eric Carle. They noted how Carle often used unusual colours in his illustrations, and also, his technique of using hand painted tissue paper to create animals in collage.

The children replicated this, carefully making their own hand painted tissue paper, just as Carle did. Then used this to create their own leopards.

Year One

Learning Intention: To use a range of techniques to create animal art.

Learning Intention: To say what they like about their own and others’ work using simple artistic vocabulary.

The children used a range of techniques to create animal art. They were given the opportunity to experiment with the different equipment on their draft piece before publishing their final piece. The children were encouraged to reflect on the effectiveness on the techniques they had used and amend them where needed e.g changing to pastels for a certain part of their image. By the end of the lesson, the children had created some amazing pieces of animal art using a range of techniques and could say what they liked about their own and others work.

" I like that it is colourful" (Bella V-H)

"I like the water colour paint in the background" (Bella N)

"I like the different patterns on the rhino, its like a zigzag" (Florence)

Year 1 used thick poster paint and applied it to heavy gauge paper to produce textured moons, which they cut out once dry.

Year One

Learning Intention: To use collage to design a Great Fire of London inspired picture.

Linking to our topic 'Bright Lights, Big City, the children produced some beautiful collage pictures. The children looked at images of the fire and were able to use a variety of materials to create a similar effect. They persevered,  took their time  and were encouraged to use their fine motor skills to carefully place each piece of tissue paper onto the card. Once they had filled their entire page with collage they used thin black strips to create houses. By the end of the lesson, the children had created amazing Great Fire of London inspired pictures. 

Year One

Learning Intention: Identify and use paints in the primary colours

Year 1 have had an incredibly busy art lesson! Taking inspiration from their Enchanted Woodland topic theme, they produced some beautiful dot work daffodils. The children began with the primary colour yellow for the petals and trumpet. But what about the stem? We discovered that adding a small amount of another primary colour - blue, we could make the perfect shade of green! 

It was such a shame to waste this new secondary colour, so the children went on to complete luscious green leaves. Then we talked about leaves in autumn. We needed orange, but how could we do this? We mixed yellow with the third primary colour - red, what did we make? ORANGE! Perfect secondary colour for a host of orange Autumn leaves. 


Year One 

Learning Intention: Make transient art and pattern work using a range or combination of man-made and natural

Taking inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy, the children used  a range of natural and man made resources to make transient art and pattern work. They were able to describe what they liked and found interesting about his work and used their own ideas to create their very own masterpiece. 

Year One

Learning Intention: To use art and design techniques to create Big Ben artwork.

The children developed their skills of printing and pattern over a few weeks. Once they were secure with this method, they were encouraged to use those skills to create amazing Big Ben artwork. 

Year One: The children worked together to create large scale animal paintings. The children were encouraged to explore pattern, texture and colour as well as different materials. The children were able to talk about their large scale animals and what techniques they had used on their animals to create a desired effect.

Year One

During our Engage day we looked at different pieces  of animal art. We discussed what tools might have been used and how the art was created. We spoke about crayons, pastels, paints and sketching pencils. We discussed what shapes we could see and how we could create that piece of art through observations. We used simple artistic vocabulary to describe. The children were encouraged to choose an animal piece of art and use a range of materials to create their own version. The children planned their learning then had a go of making it  even better in their sketching books. The children were able to identify different features of their drawings and evaluate how to make it better.

The children looked at various photos from The Great Fire of London. We wanted to make our own to represent the fire that spread around London. We used different materials to create our effective silhouette pictures. Or friends used water colours and other friends used tissue paper. We then used our fine motor skills to cut our buildings and fires. 

Year One looked closely at Ammonite fossils during their topic DINOSAUR PLANET. Before painting their fossil, the children mastered mixing powder paint and refining their brush skills. They went on to produce simple yet effective monochrome paintings of ammonites, paying close attention to shape, form and pattern.

KS1 - Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Year 2 looked at the work of L.S Lowery, famous for his industrial landscapes. The children designed and painted a factory setting and added 'matchstick' figureds in the style of this artist.

Year One: We created an imaginary version of a familiar pet. We planned and made a model of their new design, changing aspects such as its colour or markings. We looked at the artist Jenny Foster for inspriation. The children were able to identify familar features on animals and use water colours to create their new design. We then used clay to make our animals.

Year One: The children were introduced to the artist Stephen Wiltshire. He is known for creating landscapes drawings from memory by sketching. The children were first introduced to a picture of Big Ben and were  encouraged to practise their  techniques with the sketching pencils. The children then had a go at drawing from memory with the pencils. They had a better understanding of the different types of pencils by the end of the lesson. They were amazed at at the art work of Stephen Wiltshire.

Year One: The children were introduced to the artist Andy Warhol. They looked at the different types of art work he has completed answers his technique. The children recognised he hsed bright and vibrant colours. We used oil pastels for the first time and the children we’re encourage do to pick colours which would stand out. The children showed they can use the oil pastels to create a Andy Warhol inspired piece of art. 

KS2 - Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

Year 3 have been looking carefully at ancient Greek pottery. They have discovered the importance of the images depicted, and also the aesthetics of the design.  The children used reference material from the British Museum to design their own Greek plate, including traditional repeating pattern ; they will then use these features in their final design. 

Y5 Have started to develop their observational skills, with the help of a grid to aid them produce preliminary sketches, inspired by those of Charles Darwin. 

Year 4 have been studying the properties of sound during their topic PLAYLIST.

During art, they looked at how soundwaves change when listening to different music, and how we could use their imaginations to add colour, and shape to a soundwave pattern. The children refined their oil pastel techniques to produce distinctive visual art.

The children in Year 4 learnt about differences in pitch. They applied this knowledge and their imagination to create sound representations in their sketchbooks.

Year 4 learnt about how to use a Sketchbook. They used their Sketchbook to expand their ideas and designs for making a potion/perfume bottle.

KS2 - Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)

Year 3 took inspiration from ancient Greek pottery, particularly those on display in The British Museum. The children developed ideas in sketchbooks; practiced key patterns, and explored techniques. Finally, they produced their very own ancient Greek pottery using paint and permanent markers. 

Year 3 explored the properties of sketching pencils ranging from 6B to 4H. They learnt the skill of cross hatching as a shading technique, then applied this to drawings of Stonehenge.

Year 5 learnt how to use drawing tools to create a self-portrait. They created shapes and used lines to check their measurements between each of the parts of the face.

Year 5 learnt about tone, shade and tints through creating colours to use to show the phases of the moon. They printed these using tin foil to create a textured effect.

Year 3 looked at a 12 point colour wheel to understand the properties of colour.

First, they painted in the primary colours of blue, red and yellow. They then combined the primary colours in pairs to produce secondary colours. Finally, using a combination of primary and secondary colours, they completed the colour wheel with tertiary colours. 

Year 5 used painting to create the planet Jupiter. They learnt about tones, shades and tints and put this knowledge to use when altering their paint.

Year 5 used their photography skills to take photos of the natural surrounding area. They searched for natural looking portals. The children learnt how to take a good photo, zooming in and out as needed and making certain aspects of the environment the key focus for the photo.

Year 5 learnt about composition, colour, light and shade using computer software to edit this on a photo of themselves.

Year 5 learnt how to represent the past or future (depending on where their time machine landed) through collage. They learnt about using images to show a time and place.

Year 4 learnt a range of techniques using clay. They used these techniques to create a perfume/potion bottle from the designs they had previously sketched. They also learnt what to do if they made a mistake or wanted to change a part of it.

During their topic BLOOD HEART Year 6 took their new found knowledge and applied it to produce anatomically accurate hearts out of 'modroc' which they then made look realistic by applying paint using stippling. They then gave the hearts a coat of PVA to give their sculptures a realistic gloss.

KS2 - Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history

As part of their topic, Misty mountain, winding river, the children of Year 4 have worked on developing their appreciation of landscapes. Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh, they practiced the style and techniques of brushwork used by the artist.   The children produced some beautiful work based upon the painting Starry Night. They also listened to Sarry Night, by Don McLean, which they were deeply moved by; this enriched their knowledge of the artist Van Gogh and his life's work.

Year 6 have been exploring the traditional artworks created by the Inuit people of the Arctic. They investigated the different techniques and styles used, and the materials they work in. They created their own polar animal carvings recreating the sculptures using a block of soap. 

Year 5 learnt about Salvador Dali's great work 'The Persistence of Memory'. They used the technique Surrealism to create their own pieces inspired by Salvador Dali.

Year 3 learnt all about Banksy and how he creates his art work using stencils. The children then worked with a Y3 parent to create their own stencil, and use spray paint to create their final design. In groups, they created animal murals too!

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