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Resources for mixed Reception and KS1 classes, perfect for busy teachers working in tiny schools! I've worked in school leadership, I have a Masters in Teaching and Learning and I have worked with teaching alliances to train student teachers ... now I'm onto my next adventure working in a tiny, rural village school with a mixed class of Reception, Y1 and Y2 children.

Resources for mixed Reception and KS1 classes, perfect for busy teachers working in tiny schools! I've worked in school leadership, I have a Masters in Teaching and Learning and I have worked with teaching alliances to train student teachers ... now I'm onto my next adventure working in a tiny, rural village school with a mixed class of Reception, Y1 and Y2 children.
Yayoi Kusama Mini Topic
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Yayoi Kusama Mini Topic

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A mini topic which can be done over a couple of mornings / afternoons or throughout a single day. Together with a powerpoint and planning sheet, this topic takes you through some of the works of Yayoi Kusama, known for her bright, bold colour and design choices, all of which featured polka dots. Whilst the artwork itself can be created by children in any age group, the themes within the works, and also within her life, make this more suitable for older children. When I used this with my class, we got into a really interesting discussion around the role of nudity in art, and how mental illness can impact on people’s life choices.
Art Questions for Kids
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Art Questions for Kids

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This question bank provides a solid base for anyone discussing art with primary or secondary children. If you’re not an art teacher, or if art isn’t really your “thing”, it can be hard to start and sustain a conversation about a piece of artwork. These questions provide a starting point to stimulate discussion. Don’t go overboard and try and use all the questions at once - for a really meaningful discussion, stick with just a few. They are organised so that you can ask questions just from a single angle (Describe it, Relate it, Analyse it etc) or you can meander through the groups as you see fit. It’s not an exhaustive list! I’ll be creating more lists in the coming weeks.
Alma Thomas - abstract art mini topic
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Alma Thomas - abstract art mini topic

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Outcomes - children create their own abstract artwork inspired by Alma Thomas. A sequence of art lessons and background info which can be used over a sequence of lessons or which can be simplified and done in a morning/ afternoon. Alma Thomas was an expressionist painter and art teacher who was best known for her bright, colourful works which she created simply because they made her happy. This mini topic explores two of her paintings in detail and allows children to develop and practice their impasto, colour dash and colour mixing skills.
Kandinsky Mini Topic - Squares with Concentric Circles
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Kandinsky Mini Topic - Squares with Concentric Circles

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A quick mini-topic that can be done in a single morning or afternoon. Introduce children of all ages to colour mixing, perceptions of colour and colour theory and help them to develop their analytical and questioning skills, as well as their interpretation skills.