Art at Firthmoor Primary School

At Firthmoor Primary School, Art  is taught following objectives from the National Curriculum framework and is covered through either blocked or weekly lessons.

Children are encouraged to produce creative work, to explore their ideas and record their experiences in a class or personal sketchbook. Throughout topics, they learn and develop their skills to become more proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. We encourage children to evaluate and analyse creative works using the appropriate art, craft and design vocabulary. Throughout Primary School, children will develop their knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers, and have a greater understanding of the historical and cultural development of these art forms.

We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Children have access to a number of Art and Design texts to further their knowledge about the subject, and daily Topic Text sessions are often linked to the Art and Design topics being covered.

Liz Million – book launch and signing

January 2020

Yesterday, Liz Million returned to Firthmoor to launch her fantastic new book ‘Billy and the Bull – The Tale of the Durham Ox’.

The children involved joined Liz in the Hall where she demonstrated how the book was created, which included some of the children’s drawings.  Liz explained that she added text and colour to create scene in the book.  Then she showed the children how she created the Durham Ox and rat.  Finally, all the children received a copy of the book and Liz read the story to them, whilst they all enjoyed a slice of cake to celebrate!

As the afternoon drew to a close, the children formed an orderly queue so that Liz could sign each and every copy.  A brilliant time was had by all.

Visiting Artist

October 2019 to February 2020

The children were delighted when the author and illustrator, Liz Million, arrived at our school in October. Liz shared her brilliant illustrating skills with the children and demonstrated how they could create different types of faces for a brand new book she is producing called ‘The Durham Ox’. The children loved creating their strange and wonderful faces, bodies and animals! We can’t wait to see them throughout the book.

Visit Liz’s website ( to see some of her work.  You can even buy her books there if you wish.

Bowes Museum

January 2019 to June 2019

After our visit to The Bowes Museum in February, the Reception children at Firthmoor Primary chose to represent their ideas about the Alexander van Bredael painting through drawing and building houses.

We looked at different houses and everyone drew their own house. We then looked at the different colours found in the brickwork when we compared photographs of houses.

We chose to represent the brickwork through printing. We used binca and paint to create the effect we wanted. Once the printing was complete, everyone chose materials with different textures and colours to create a house based loosely on their individual experiences of home.

On 23rd June our finished work was displayed at The Bowes Museum and all parents of Reception children were invited to attend with a complementary ticket provided by the museum.  Our work was beautifully presented and some children were spotted having a look at their creations and enjoying a lovely day out.