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The Primary Arts Curriculum

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This Primary Arts Curriculum shop will be a one-stop shop for all EYFS, KS1 and KS2 Arts resources. 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 as a Senior Teacher with responsibility for a mixed class of Y3-Y6 children.

This Primary Arts Curriculum shop will be a one-stop shop for all EYFS, KS1 and KS2 Arts resources. 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 as a Senior Teacher with responsibility for a mixed class of Y3-Y6 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.
The Great Wave off Kanagawa
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The Great Wave off Kanagawa

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Sample scheme of work, enabling children to learn more about printing by studying The Great Wave off Kanagawa. This project can be done in a day (so it’s great for the end of term!), or across a half term.
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.
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.
What is Climate Change?
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What is Climate Change?

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KS2 60 second read - introduction to climate change. Questions use the VIPERS format and can be answered in any order, allowing the child to feel greater ownership over the learning.
5 week KS2 Evolution and Inheritance planning
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5 week KS2 Evolution and Inheritance planning

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5 weeks planning for KS2: Understanding Evolution and Inheritance. Covers a mixed year group class - Y3-Y6 - but can be used for single age group classes with minimal change needed. English and Maths links to show how basic skills are being consolidated within science.
British Values - UKS2 60 Second Reads (SAMPLE)
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British Values - UKS2 60 Second Reads (SAMPLE)

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Two free 60 second read comprehensions which look at the Rule of Law and the House of Commons. Each comprehension is accompanied by questions covering most of the content domains. These can be used for online learning as well as for guided reading sessions .
The Mangrove 9 UKS2 Comprehension
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The Mangrove 9 UKS2 Comprehension

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Mangrove 9 comprehension activities with quick questions focusing on retrieval, vocabulary, summarising, author choice, prediction and inference. Two part - one focusing on the march and one on the trial. Each part should only take 5 minutes to complete, so it’s ideal as a morning or afternoon starter activity or as a basis for a more detailed comprehension session.
Intro to Child Soldiers
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Intro to Child Soldiers

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60 Second Read activity - 124-word comprehensionn aimed at UKS2 / LKS3. Questioning focuses on summarising, prediction, inference and vocabulary. Ideal as a whole class discussion stimulus or as a super-quick comprehension activity.
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.
KS2 Sculpture scheme of work
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KS2 Sculpture scheme of work

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Planning for a mixed-year group KS2 class focussing on sculpture. Please note - this resource does not include the planning sheets or the powerpoint.
Carbon Emissions - KS2 60 Second Read
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Carbon Emissions - KS2 60 Second Read

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Based on the Green Alliance’s 2020 report Net Zero Policy Tracker, this 60 Second Read focuses on the Green Alliance’s response to the UK’s attempts to reduce carbon emissions. The comprehension questions follow the VIPERS format. The questions are designed to be answered in any order, allowing pupils to take greater ownership of their learning.