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Norwood Primary School

Norwood Primary & Pre-School

MADD week 2024

Read aloud from Out of the Blue by Robert Tregoning, with illustrations by Stef Murphy. "This picture book about a boy who overcomes his fear of being different is a celebration of diversity, acceptance, and pride..." -- description.

Key Stage 2 Art National Curriculum


Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.


Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Key Vocabulary for this unit:

  • design - draw and write a plan of what it will look like
  • architect - someone that designs houses
  • tiny houses - 
  • papier mache - a mixture of paper and glue and water to make 3D sculptures
  • texture - the feeling of a surface
  • pattern - objects or drawings arranged in a particular way or order, often repeated
  • sculpture - 3D art e.g. statues
  • structure - an object that stands up on its own, like a building


1a. How can we use Art to show our response to the text?


What we learnt:

  • Colours can show different emotions
  • Music can show different emotions
  • Yellow is often associated with happiness, energy and joy
  • Blue is often associated with sadness, calm and peace

Our cover page designs

'blue' music

'yellow' music

1b. What elements of tiny house designs could we incorporate into our own house sculpture design?

  • Colours
  • Textures
  • Door styles and shapes
  • Window styles and shapes
  • Additional features, e.g. house number, porch
  • Decorative items, e.g. chairs, plants, lights
  • Surrounding landscape, e.g. water

The 'godfather' of tiny houses

Our favourite Tiny House designs

2. What skills do we need to practise before creating our sculpture?

  1. Papier mache - we found it best to use white paper and to paint the glue onto the box, then stick the paper, then paint glue over the top.
  2. Textures and patterns
  3. Mixing our favourite colours
  4. Extra decorations
  5. How to add on a roof - you can have a flat roof, or you could use the flaps on the box to make a roof, or you could stick one on with card.
  6. Window and door shapes

3. What do you need to include in a design for your house sculpture?

Almond class agreed on the following success criteria:


  • How you are going to make your roof
  • What your windows and doors will look like and where they will go
  • What textures and patterns you will use
  • What colours you will use
  • What extra decoration you will use

4. What do you need to do to create your house sculpture?

5. What went well and what needs improving with your house sculpture?