Get creative with Hamilton's hands-on art and design topic sessions for key stage 1.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Cross-curricular topics are a fantastic way to cover the art and design curriculum, allowing children to engage creatively with different areas of the curriculum at the same time. Music can complement painting. History can be enhanced by model making. Sculpture can elaborate geographical concepts.
Here are a few of our favourite art and design opportunities in KS1 topics:
Our Carnival of the Animals topic is organised around the popular work of composer Saint-Saëns. Each block focuses on a different area, including, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and fossils around the world. Within each block there are plenty of brilliant art and design opportunities, including:
Explore Carnival of the Animals for KS1.
Changes within Living Memory gets children to explore the ways in which life has changed over the time of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The topic provides plenty of opportunity to engage with art and design, including:
Explore Changes within Living Memory for KS1.
Using our exciting Oceans and Seas topic children build their knowledge of oceans and seas around the world. There are lots of opportunities to use art and design to enhance and reflect pupils understanding of the qualities and life of the seas.
Explore Oceans and Seas for KS1.
In the popular Castles block of our We Are Britain topic, children discover the castles around the British Isles. Capture the range of castle architecture using different art and craft techniques. Examine the painting Castle and the Sun by Paul Klee and compare the image to real castles in the UK and then recreate the image using crayons and watercolours.
Explore We Are Britain - Castles for KS1.
In our block about St Paul's Cathedral in the Great Fire of London topic charcoal drawing and potato printing are used to develop artistic ideas inspired by St Paul’s. Children also have the opportunity to design, make and decorate a model Cathedral.
Our Artists block in Famous for More than Five Minutes is dedicated to learning about the life, times and paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and L.S. Lowry. Children learn about the nineteenth-century Van Gogh and the twentieth-century Lowry, discuss their art and then create their own paintings 'in the style of...'.