Art at Mauldeth Road


When teaching Art we intend..

  • ..that children experience working and experimenting with a wide range of materials.  They should have opportunities to develop and master a wide range of techniques when using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • ..that children use analysis and emulation of a range of artists, architects, designers and craftspeople from different cultures and times, to both inspire and engage them in their own creative development.

We value the power of Art..

  • a medium through which to understand and explore the world.  We plan for opportunities that allow us to use Art to enhance children's learning, helping them make connections within a wider sphere of understanding.
  • a medium for self expression and communicating ideas.  We plan for opportunities that allow children to explore the different perspectives Artists transmit through their work, so children can consider their own responses and ideas.



In the Early Years curriculum, children get the opportunity to experiment with a range of materials and tools freely and creatively.

Using scissors, paintbrushes, glue, markers, crayons, pencils, paper and a wide variety of other resources, children are encouraged and supported to collaborate with others as well as working individually in developing their creativity.

Art is embedded within wider units of experiential learning to enrich children's understanding and support their physical and interpersonal development.










Sketch in charcoal inpsired by the work of LS Lowry VB_Y1_2.jpeg

Composition inspired by Kandinsky's creative process mixing music and visual art.VB_Y1_4.jpeg

Print inspired by motifs found in Islamic mosaics inside the Alhambra (Andalucia)VB_Y1_3.jpg

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Mark making exploring a range of materialsVB_Y1_6.JPG

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Exploring materials

Year 1

Children explore a range of familiar and unfamiliar materials, experimenting with how these can be used to create different effects.

Children begin to recognise and describe some different kinds of art (such as paintings, sketches and prints), and explore the processes of how they are created.

Children begin to explore how specific artists and crafts incorporate a range of processes and materials to achieve a finished piece..

They are encouraged to discuss what they think about their own artwork and other people's work too.


Multimedia work based on Dr Seuss' 'Horton Hears a Who'VB_Y1_7.JPG


Year 2

Children begin to develop a range of drawing skills in sketchbooks. 

They can use a variety of materials with developing care and control and can talk about different materials, processes and techniques they have used in their work.

Children can express what they think about the work of others and explain why.

They begin to develop an awareness of different forms of art and craft from different cultures and times.


Portrait of African American Mathematician Katherine JohnsonVB_Y2_6.jpeg

Self-Portait Work in pencilVB_Y2_1.jpg


Exploring tone with watercolorsVB_Y2_5.jpg

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Abstract Portrait work in oil pastelVB_Y2_2.jpg

Work incorporating Aboriginal Art techniquesVB_Y2_4.jpgVB_Y2_Quote2.png

Exploring the abstract syle of Wassily KandinskyVB_Y3_10.jpeg


Ink and Watercolour work exploring Roman AmphorasVB_Y3_9.jpeg

Self Portrait in the style of Paul KleeVB_Y3_2.jpeg

Investigating Tudor portraitsVB_Y3_12.jpeg


Year 3

Children begin to work more independently in sketchbooks, gathering their own information and references related to their ideas.

They are encouraged to develop practical skills through experimenting with a range of different materials tools and techniques, identifying what works and what doesn't.

Children begin to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their work in order to improve it. 

They develop their knowledge about the methods in which specific artists and craftspeople create their work.

Year 4

Children begin to use sketchbooks to improve and inform their ideas at the planning stage.

They are encouraged to be systematic in their investigation of different materials and creative processes.

They can apply their developing technical knowledge to improve the quality of their work.

Children can identify how to improve a piece of work by comparing it with the work of other pupils and artists.

Children are encouraged to explore some of the key ideas and working practices used by a range of artists and craftspeople.  

Exploring decorative pattern in Ancient Greek Pottery





Ancient Egyptian Jewellery


Egyptian Death Mask


Collage work inspired by the Alaska-based artist Ted Harrison


Exploring Cubism and Picasso's use of dual perspective 


Manchester Landscapes



Exploring Islamic Geometric Pattern




Exploring LS Lowry Portraits



Year 5

Children are now using sketchbooks with developing confidence for a range of purposes including: planning, testing materials, recording observations and exploring ideas.

Children can apply their technical skills to make work which  reflects their own ideas.

They are encouraged to reflect and evaluate completed work against their initial sketchbook ideas and what they hoped to achieve.

Children begin to examine the ideas and approaches of artists and craftspeople within the cultural/historical contexts in which they worked and lived.

They can begin to use technical vocabulary to describe a range of artistic processes.

Year 6

Children are now using their sketchbooks with greater independence to develop their imagination and curiosity and to systematically investigate, research and test their ideas.

Children are now working with increasing independence to refine their technical skills towards mastery level in some areas. They can use technical vocabulary when discussing materials and processes used in art made in class.

Children can draw upon their knowledge of a wide range of effective processes to produce successful finished artwork.

They are encouraged to explore, describe and interpret the ideas and working practices of artists and craftspeople, taking into account the intentions behind the artwork and the cultural, historical and social contexts in which the aritsts lived and worked.

Anglo-Saxon Portraits in chalk and charcoal


Exploring Picasso's 'Guernica' and the story behind the painting



Exploring how music and art instersect through Wassily Kandinsky's compositionsVB_Y6_4.jpg

Collaborative Murals based on 'Greta and the Giants'



Collage work based on 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas'





Mauldeth Road Primary School
Mauldeth Road,
M14 6SG

Mr Andrew Kilcoyne

T: 0161 224 3588

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