If I could pick just one material to use in the classroom for the rest of my career, it would have to be charcoal. Not because of its versatility, as a material it has a fairly finite amount of uses, but because of the experiences child have while using it. Every time I use charcoal … More The only material ever needed in the classroom.. ever again!
Love it or hate it architecture is all around us. From the ‘simple and ordinary’ tower block to architectural wonders such as the British museum or the Shard, it forms the foundations in any building ever built. Like with any art form people will stand there and declare their love for the Shard and their … More Architecture in our classrooms
STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, is something that I am passionate about anyway. It is vitally important for children in the world today to be aware and fully functional in an increasingly technological society. Mankind is progressing at such a rate within the STEM areas and this is predicted to advance … More STEAM not STEM!
Turner has grown to become one of my favourite artists. Owing probably to how I have been able to used him in the classroom and the response I repeatedly get from the children while well we study his work. This year we took year 2 to the Clore Gallery at the Tate Britain to experience … More Turner and the Wonder of Science
I will admit that the first time I saw Directed Drawing, I think on Instagram, I was horrified! The idea of showing children how to draw exactly the same thing was so far from everything I had ever though about art education and anything I have taught in my classroom. Any form of art teaching … More Directed Drawing – No thanks! Well…
Writing an assessment piece is difficult for any child let alone one with a EAL or SEN difficulty. Having to write unaided about something you have not had any input from the teacher on, is scary! Even scarier if you depend on teacher support more than others. This year I have a group of children … More Writing a book for assessments (SEN)
Colouring pages are often seen as a passing the time activity for children something to keep them quite and busy. Although there are many other benefits of using them to structure early artistic talent and discovery. Colouring using many motor skills such as holding of the pencils or scribbling in a small area. This … More Advantages of colouring pages for children