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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery


'Every child is an artist'

Pablo Picasso


'I love Art at Trotts Hill because we paint a lot and I love painting plants.' Hunter


'Art at Trotts Hill is very fun and inspiring.' Willow


'Art at Trotts Hill is really creative and nothing can be wrong, everything you do is correct.' Gabriel


Curriculum Maps



Trotts Hill believes that art is an integral part of children’s education. Art has a significant and valuable role in providing an enriched curriculum to the pupils. The art curriculum develops children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists. Children are engaged, inspired and challenged to use different skills to invent, experiment, create and criticise their own works of art.




Children will develop their understanding of art and design with effective teaching, sequences of lessons and experiences both in school and between link schools. In Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to meet real artists. Children have an opportunity to participate in art projects in their local community. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential. This is through cross curricular learning. We teach a skills-based art curriculum, which gives opportunities for children to express their creative imagination as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. Each child has a sketch book to show their creative journey throughout each topic. The sketch books also give opportunity to show the progression of skills and coverage of different artists. Staff and governors meet termly to show case the different elements of learning and skills taught throughout the key stages.




Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Through use of sketch book children are able to clearly show their journey of learning and progression of skills learned in each year group. Each link to an artist or experience is integrated in their sequenced learning. Through the progression of skills, all children have a broad experience of art and design, and are able to improve their mastery of techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials. The arts mark has recognised the broad and varied art curriculum in our school. 

Autumn Term Year 6, Henry Turner and Watercolour Painting

This term Year 6 have been using watercolours to create landscape paintings in the style of Turner. They have been focusing on the use of blending and colour.

Autumn Term Year 5, Kara Walker and Printing

This term Year 5 have been looking at American artist Kara Walker. They made beautiful silhouettes for their cover page, and created their own prints using polystyrene tiles.

Year 4 Autumn Term, Picasso

Year 4 have been learning about Picasso this term, and have made colourful, abstract self-portraits in his style.

Autumn Term Year 3, Stone Age Art

This term Year 3 have linked their Art to their History topic about the Stone Age. They have been producing some fantastic cave paintings using different media.

Year 2 Autumn Term, Pattern and William Morris

This term, Year 2 have been exploring pattern, and have used oil pastels to produce some beautiful work extending patterns out of a photo.

Year 1 Autumn Term: Colour and Pattern

This term Year 1 have been exploring colour and pattern. We have also been looking at the work of artist Yayoi Kusama, who uses dots to produce amazing paintings and sculptures. We have been experimenting with adding dots to photos and pictures, and finished our unit by making our own 3D dotty pumpkin sculptures. 

Summer 2021 Arts Week

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The children at Trotts Hill have had some fantastic, inspiring opportunities in Arts Week this year! KS2 have taken part in workshops with Ella Wheway - the Assistant Stage Manager for Only Fools and Horses the Musical in the West End. Ella spent time discussing her career in the Arts with the children - which involves making props to use in shows. Children in Year 3 and 4 learnt how to make prop ice cream using mashed potato to stop it from melting! Children in Years 5 and 6 learnt how to make maps look old by staining them with tea and coffee. 

All children at Trotts Hill have also been painting a pebble to create a whole school display in our wellbeing area, as well as taking part in drama workshops with Mr Driver, and performing songs and dances.

Summer 2021 Year 1 Printing

Year 1 worked as a team to decorate a dinosaur by printing patterns using polystyrene tiles that they had created.

Summer 2021 Year 4 Ancient Egyptian Art

This term Year 4 are looking at Ancient Egyptian Art, as well as learning about Alaa Awad - a contemporary Egyptian graffiti artist.

Summer 2021 Year 5 Tone and Georgia O'Keefe

This term Year 5 have been exploring tone and looking at work created by Georgia O'Keefe. They experimented with created different shades of one colour and tried sketching in the style of Georgia O'Keefe.

Spring 2021 Year 3 Andy Warhol

Spring 2021 Year 2 Great Fire of London Houses

As part of their home learning, Year 2 made houses out of recyclable materials to represent the houses from the time period of The Great Fire of London.

Autumn 2020 Year 2: Pattern Work

Year 2 have been investigating patterns linked to nature and created their own patterns based on Kassou Seydou. 

Autumn 2020: Yayoi Kusama in Year 1

Year 1 have been producing pieces of work inspired by Yayoi Kusama. After viewing pictures of her work and discussing her life as an artist, they used watercolours to make their own dotty paintings.

March 2020: Arts Week

During Arts Week, the children at Trotts Hill were very busy getting work ready for our Art Exhibition! The exhibition will feature framed work that every child has made, and will help to raise money for Arts resources for our school. Each child also made a butterfly to go around our new 'Dream Big' mural in the Butterworth Gallery.

Butterfly Mural

The Creative Crew, Mrs Spendlove and Mrs Purdham have been very busy making a beautiful butterfly mural in the Butterworth Gallery. This is linked to our school's 'Dream Big' focus - the quote reads 'until you spread your wings you have no idea how far you can fly'. During Arts Week, every child in the school will also be a making their own butterfly to go around the mural, so that everyone in our school community will have made their own unique contribution to this piece of art.