Easter Church service

Today we visited the church for our Easter service. The children all behaved so well. We sang the song “Spring Chicken”.


We’re starting our summer reading challenge. For your child to get a raffle ticket they need to have read 5 times in a week. Please could you mark this in their normal reading record and on their Summer Reading Challenge record as well. Each raffle ticket they get will be entered into a draw at the end of term. There are two Kindles to be won so the more raffle tickets they have the more chances there are to win. Good Luck!

Art and Design

Our school curriculum is driven and shaped by our school vision, which informs everything that we do.

St Nicholas provides a welcoming, inclusive and aspirational learning environment at the heart of its community. We nurture, encourage and support all children, adults and their families to be the best as God intended. Following God’s example of love and trust, we develop resilience and creativity in all we do.

Learning, loving and encouraging through Christ.

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“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”
Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate

At St Nicholas we work together to ensure to provide an Art Curriculum which allows and encourages the children to explore their imaginations, generate ideas, acquire skills, apply judgements and rejoice in their learning. Through our value of perseverance, we show that making mistakes is how we learn. Within the school we create a safe space for our children to explore, experiment and take risks without the fear of getting it wrong which is the basic essence of what art is and can offer to our children. We recognise that everyone is unique and therefore encourage the children to express, explore and celebrate ideas, feelings, attitudes while using the school values.

As children progress they will become confident in their abilities and develop as critical, creative thinkers by enriching, extending and consolidating their learning in a variety of contexts using a range of different media.
We aim to foster their originality and creativity using art as a means of communication. During this the children will learn to self-reflect, communicate their opinions of others work positively and make informed choices about media and what they want to use to best express their thoughts and ideas.

We take inspiration from our class artists, learning more about them and their style, which we then apply to our own work. We plan and teach sequenced art lessons based on skills, using a range of media and give the children opportunities to apply the skills learned in other areas of the curriculum, making the lessons relevant and meaningful.
Alongside this by the end of their time at St Nicholas, they should have an idea on how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We are Architects- Arts week 2023

Curriculum structure
At St Nicholas we teach Art, Craft and Design through a skill-based curriculum and where possible learning is linked to other subjects. The skills are developed and built upon each year so that progression can be seen clearly across the school. All children are exposed to a range of media each year, giving them the opportunity to explore, develop and embed their skills and understanding of that media.
Art and Design will be taught once every other half term and where appropriate may be blocked dependant on the needs of the project being worked on.
Within the learning journey of art, each lesson will be linked to an area of the year groups curriculum and an element of will be a focus for learning for the learning. This will then lead to analysing and evaluating an artist or comparing a number of artists who may use this particular skill/element. The children will then be given the chance to be taught a skill/technique and allowed time to explore and practise within their sketchbooks. Within this a variety of media will be given to experiment with. Children will deepen their understanding of each element as they progress through the school. They will be taught the meaning of key ideas and associated vocabulary. They will also be taught vocabulary appropriately to express their thoughts and feelings on both their own and others work to help develop, review and improve output.

Creative Club

At the end of each year the children will have been exposed to a wide variety of different media, giving them the opportunity to use it in a different way or for a different purpose and develop a range of skills. This will build upon their prior knowledge of what they can do when using this media. Our lessons are accessible for all of our pupils and they are proud of what they have achieved. They will be able to look back at their earliest work in their sketch books and see the progress they have made. As we move up through the school the children will begin to develop their own preferences of media and styles as they will have been exposed to them frequently throughout their time in school.

The Art and Design curriculum will contribute to the children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others.

Progress in Art and Design is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and evaluation of their work. Teachers will continuously monitor pupils work over time as they gain skills and knowledge. They will also question the process and thinking behind their ideas. Outcomes will be key but the use of sketchbooks showing the journey leading to them is more important.

Our approach of being open and accepting of mistakes will not only help to develop our children’s creativity within Art but will extend to other areas of their lives. There are many key life skills that will be developed through our attitude and teaching of Art which will support our children as they move on after St Nicholas, such as respecting others and their work even if we don’t like it personally, or carrying on after something goes wrong or when things do not turn out how we planned. This resilience is a key skill which our children will need throughout their lives.

Art and Design LTP

Art progression 2023 24

Exploring Judaism

We are learning about Judaism in RE this term. We have looked at some Jewish artifacts and talked about what they are used for and why they are special to Jewish people. We especially liked the writing on the Torah Scroll. We thought about what we believe is important and decorated our own mezuzah.

Term 4 KIRFs

Term 4 KIRFs

Please find attached the KIRFs for Term 4. 

Year 5 - Term 4 KIRFs

Each term we set the children KIRFs which are 'key instant recall facts'. The children should revise these facts both at school and at home. Through focused revision of these areas, the children build their mathematical knowledge and fluency. This makes it easier for them to access new content in lessons as they are not having to rely on their working memory. 

World Book Day 2024


Year 5 had fantastic fun for World Book Day this year.

Across the week, we took part in lots of Reading for Pleasure, joined a range of online sessions where we engaged with a variety of activities, such as creating our own fairy tales, drawing comic book characters and listening to famous storytellers.

On World Book Day, we took part in a 'footy and booky' quiz, learnt how to draw characters like the author of Nina Peanut and learnt all about Rosa Parks through the 'Little People, Big Dreams book'. Lots of us dressed up and our costumes looked fantastic!

 Year 5 - World Book Day

Who does the trunk belong to and what is inside?

A massive trunk appeared in the classroom but we didn’t know who the owner was? So the children decided to use clues to predict who it might belong to and what might be in there? The only clues were the trunk itself and a tag with a royal seal.

As a class we decided that we would open the trunk to see if we could find more clues. The children were shocked to find so many pairs of Knickers inside! Not only did they find knickers but they also found the book ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. Of course we had to read it and the children then completed a book review on what they thought of it.

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What is colour?

Today the children started looking at colour in art. We named the 3 primary colours (red, blue and yellow) and found out they are special, as they cannot be made by mixing other colours together.
To support this the children looked at the artist Piet Mondrian as he mostly used primary colours in his artwork.
The children then had a go at creating their own version of one of his famous paintings by using geometric shapes mostly using horizontal and vertical lines. Here are just a few examples of their artwork, along with the original artwork.

First Week

We have continued to think about our school and class values, had lots of fun with some skittles place value, learnt about aboriginal art and experimented with using different techniques to draw patterns with dots and used thesauruses to find synonyms for our emotions which we are going to use tomorrow to write our own poems!

This afternoon, the children learnt about what app permissions are and how to change them as well as how to create a strong password.