Autumn Term

Early Years Learn about Diwali

In the first half of the Autumn Term Reception children learnt about the festival of Diwali.

Diwali is a very important holiday in India. It is a Hindu €˜festival of lights€™ which celebrates the New Year. The word Diwali means €˜row of lighted lamps€™.

The festival usually honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi find her way into people€™s homes.

They also celebrate a Diwali legend, the story of the return of Rama and Sita to Rama€™s kingdom after fourteen years of exile.

To celebrate Diwali, the children created their own pictures linked to the festival using chalk in the outdoor area.

Portraits – Rene Magritte and Leonardo Da Vinci

Key Stage 2 children have been learning about the French artist Magritte and the Italian artist Leonardo Da Vinci this term. They have looked at a piece of art called ‘The Son of a Man’ to inspire them to create their own piece of work. They have also studied ‘The Mona Lisa.’ They created an information page about Da Vinci and his work. Children created their own personalised Mona Lisa using an I-Pad App.

See some fantastic examples of the work below.

Monet – Bridging Impressionism

Key Stage 1 children have been learning about the French artist Monet this term. They have looked at a piece of art called ‘Japanese Bridge at Giverny’ to inspire them to create their own piece of work. They have also learnt about the life of Monet.

See some of the fabulous pieces of work the children have created below.

Display of Autumn Term Art from Around the World

Henna Hands

In art this week, Class 4 have been looking at different ways hands can be decorated. Mehndi is an art form of body art which originated in Ancient India. People from the Maldives, Nepal and Bangladesh also use Mehndi.

Hamsa Hands

The Hamsa is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolising the Hand of God. It is believed to bring its owner happiness, luck, health and good fortune.

The Hamsa Amulet


Let’s get creative!

Spring Term Art From Around The World

Henry Matisse

This term KS2 Children have learnt about the artist Henry Matisse. At the beginning of his career, Matisse focused on painting landscapes and still-lifes in a traditional style. Following a meeting with the Australian artist, John Peter Russell, Matisse’s style changed. He started to produce work influenced by the Impressionist movement and he also admired the work of Cezanne.

Fabulous Displays

American Art

In Key Stage 1, the children have ben looking at some American artists – George Seacote and Mary Cassatt.