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Billinge Road, Wigan, Lancashire WN3 6BL


Highfield St Matthew's C of E Primary School

Let Your Light Shine

Art and Design

Children are given the opportunity to explore and develop their practical and thinking skills using a variety of media and techniques. They are also given an insight into the working methods of known artists, architects and designers as well as different cultures throughout the world.

Children are also given opportunities to develop ideas across many subjects. We have celebrated Art in many forms within our school, such as Aspirations Week and the WOWs Art project. We look forward to sharing our masterpieces with you in the near future. 


Home Learning

Take a look at our fantastic artwork that children across the school have produced as part of their home learning. It is great to see children develop their art skills and creativity. 


The Shine Curriculum

This year we embark on our new shine curriculum. The children will be developing their knowledge and skills through Art lessons. Each year group, will be displaying artwork within corridors, in classrooms or in their sketchbooks. As their work progresses, we will share our creations with you by sharing pictures and inviting you in to look through their sketchbooks. Each topic will focus on using developing different skills, using different materials and learning about famous artists, sculptors and designers. 

Below is an overview of the topics the children will be covering this year.This includes Unlocking Tasks and Impact Tasks designed to immerse the children into each topic and assess children's knowledge at the end of the topic. 

Art Curriculum Policy

Art Long Term Plan

Art Gallery

Spring Term

Year 6 - What is it like in South and Central America?

Impact Task

 Year 6 have used lots of different art skills to produce their final piece of artwork. They have been inquisitive and researched lots of artists such as of Joaquin Torres Garcia, Leonora Carrington and Beatriz Milhazes. These artists have inspired the children to produce their own sketches and collages. It is great to see 60 children develop their communication skills, art skills and teamwork skills to produce one giant piece of artwork. This will be displayed in the small hall in the next coming weeks!

Year 5 - How's your mummy?

Impact Task

Year 5 have been learning all about Egyptian death masks. They have developed their art skills by shaping, molding and forming newspaper onto cardboard to create the mask. Year 5 then painted the mask using rich colours such as gold, bronze and silver. 


Year 4 - How does your body move?

Impact Task

Year 4 have created their own sculptures based upon Henry Moore's artwork. They have used their art skills to manipulate wire into different shapes the human body could make and then wrapped mod rock around the sculpture to add definition such as arms, legs and hands. 

Year 3 - Who were some of the great European artists? 

Impact Task

Year 3 have constructed their buildings as part of the Impact Task. They have based their buildings on Le Corbusier's work. We have some architects in the making. Take a look at the construction phase below!

Year 2 - Who was L.S Lowry?

Impact Task

Presenting, Year 2's impact task.  We have cut out and arranged our painted buildings onto our background landscape and added matchstick figures using a variety of media.  Click on each picture to view a larger image.  Paintings are currently for sale for £2.65 million. 

Year 1 - What can you weave?

Impact Task

Year 1 have made their own batik coaster using white oil pastels and watercolours. Look at some of our completed batik coasters below! The children look so proud of what they have made!

It is great to see children in Year 1 using their place mats and coasters at home!

Who's your mummy?

Year 5 have been learning all about the Egyptians in particular Egyptian death masks. As part of their Impact Task, Year 5 will make their own death mask using card and papier-mache but before they begin they have planned their masks. Take a look at their plans below!

Who were some of the great European Artists?

 Year 3 have really enjoyed learning all about Michelangelo. They have painted animals upside down just like when Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel!

What is it like in South and Central America?

Year 6 have started their new topic and will learning about what life is like in Central and South America. The children have produced their own research before starting the topic. Take a look at some of the wonderful pieces of work they have created.

What can you weave?

 Year 1 have started their new topic all about weaving. They have started to create an underwater place mat by creating their own hand loom and weaving strips of blue paper alternatively. 

 Who was L.S. Lowry?

Year 2 are learning about L.S. Lowry this term. We have listened to the famous song 'Matchstalk Cats and Dogs' and sketched the lyrics. We have found out a lot of facts about him.

'Now he takes his brush and he waits, outside them factory gates. To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs.'

Year 2 children have found out that L.S. Lowry only used 5 colours - red, blue, yellow (the primary colours) black and white.  From this, he could mix and create a range of colours and shades.  We have experimented with mixing these colours and are creating the background for our landscape.

How does your body move?

Year 4 have worked in pairs to pose to various genres of music e.g. Rock music and Classical music. They held their poses for a sustained period of time, whilst their partners sketched their body shapes into sketchbooks. Here are some examples of the interesting shapes we made inspired by the music genre. 

Who were some of the great European Artists?

Year 3 are enjoying their new Art topic and have brought in their own research about different European artists as part of the 'Unlocking Task'. The children have chosen their won artists to research such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Da Vinci and Banksy. Check out the work produced by Emily, Harvey and Ethan below. 


 Art Gallery


Take a look at all the amazing artwork that has been created this academic year! Year 3 have been observing insects closely and have been on a bug hunt to find a variety of insects. Year 1 have been busy becoming sculptors by using bread, sourdough and boxes. 


Year 2  Art Gallery

Have a look at our self-portraits based on Picasso, line drawings and Cubism.  The originals are on display in our class gallery on the windows in Year 2.  Please come and take a closer look. 

Year 5 have been learning all about 'Who Were Some of the Great North American Artists?' including Ansel Adams. They have produced their own landscapes collages based upon his work which is currently displayed outside their classrooms for their peers to view. Year 5 have also completed their impact task by collaborating to create Big Art! They have positioned their bodies to create different shapes in order to produce abstract artwork by painting with vivid colours.


Andi Taylor - July 2019

After collaborating with our children on two previous occasions, Andi Taylor has visited our school once again! With the help of every child in school, we have created a beautiful butterfly display running through our main corridor. The butterflies have been added to our previous artwork which displays our school values. As you can see from the pictures below, the children experimented with a range of techniques, materials and colours to produce an awe-inspiring display! 

Andi Taylor - June 2019

We have had the privilege of working again with Andi Taylor to create some beautiful pieces of canvas artwork to be displayed at the entrance of school. The children were given the theme of Christian Values and created their own designs.

Andi Taylor - April 2019

We have recently welcomed Andi Taylor, a local artist, to collaborate with our children to create a masterpiece for our entrance foyer. The children produced their own design and sketched it upon the canvas. They all worked together to paint the different elements of the design and have even made their own felt flowers! The art work will be displayed in our entrance foyer shortly but for now check out the pictures below!  

Reverend Pearson's leaving gift

We bid a fond farewell to Rev. Pearson on Sunday 9th June as he moves to another parish. As a parting gift, all of the children have made a piece of artwork with all of their finger prints on. It is something that I'm sure he will cherish forever.