Burpham Foundation Primary School

Burpham Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7LZ


01483 572510


News and Events

 Drawing Drop In Club - The club will run every Thursday lunchtime. It is a chance to have a go at something new and develop your drawing skills!

Key Stage 2 Drawing Assembly - 19th December 2022.  Years 3 - 6 had an exciting day with crazy hair and Christmas jumpers combined with their first drawing assembly!

We explored the work of contemporary artist Ruth Allen, we found out how to draw in a continuous line to draw our own buildings. The children were immersed in their drawings!

Thursday 3rd November 2022

Drop In Drawing Club - week 1

Mark-making techniques

Thank you to everyone who came there were 48 children who attended!

Please look at the photographs below.

Thursday 10th November 2022

Drawing Drop in Club - week 2

Week 2 – Mark-making Tonal Scale

Tone refers to the light and dark values used to create an object or image

Thursday 17th November 2022

Drawing Drop in Club - week 3

Recreating marks found in nature

Thursday 24th November 2022

Drawing Drop in Club - week 4

This week we had a special activity to do. The infants are getting ready for their big Nativity performance and needed some help with making the backdrop to the show!

Thursday 8th December 2022

Drawing Drop in Club week 6

We had fun this week drawing the other half of the Christmas images. We tested our observation skills and challenged ourselves to look for the tiniest of details It was great to see some new children attending this week!

The Gallery


Mark -making with found objects

Year 1 


Year 2

Observational drawing  

Year 3 

Cave art 

Year 4 

Supersized jewellery 

Year 5 

Sketchbook exploration 

Year 6

What does art mean to me?

Art at Burpham 


  • To create confident, independent artists who can articulate and value their own and others’ creative journeys
  • To raise expectations of what pupils are capable of in the visual arts.
  • To provide a wide range of quality materials and media for pupils to build upon their understanding and skills
  • Experimentation, risk and innovation are encouraged and celebrated
  • Our focus is on the creative journey and not the outcome
  • Allow children to explore the work of a range of great artists, including contemporary artists, craft makers and designers ensuring a balance between genders
  • To present pupils with engaging opportunities to investigate and evaluate a wide range of creative outcomes from the past and present to develop a deeper understanding of many disciplines within art, craft and design and how they shape our history and future


  • We follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 & 2.
  • Children share skills of expertise with other classes and year groups to build knowledge and confidence
  • Teachers lead discussions and demonstrate skills. Our Teachers are not afraid to learn alongside the children demonstrating positive role models
  • Gallery trip in year 1 giving all our children art and craft opportunities promoting the foundations of a creative response to challenge
  • Children have access to a wide range of media and materials, resources are kept centrally and monitored for replenishment regularly
  • Children are taught to respect resources and manage risk when using tools
  • Children who wish to further their skills are encouraged to attend the schools ‘Drawing Drop in Club’ to meet with and work alongside children from across the school
  • Drawing assemblies are planned termly to give the children the opportunity to observe the work of contemporary artists and makers and to respond creatively in the moment
  • Whole school art projects are planned to celebrate the work of all our children


  • Children enjoy art and design at Burpham
  • Sketch books are used to record, generate, develop and practice skills and used to review and revisit ideas
  • Children are confident to work using a variety of techniques including drawing, painting,  craft (paper collaging, textiles using found and recycled materials) and sculpture and with a range of materials e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay and digital technologies.
  • Children are able to work in both 2 and 3 dimensions, collaboratively and independently
  • Children can comment on visual images by looking, thinking, recognising, interpreting and understanding that images are a form of communication. Children can talk about their own work and suggest how they can improve on it


 DfE Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

DfE Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers, architects and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

DfE 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 sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing and painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Supporting Your Child with Art 

Tips to develop your child's love of art at home

  1. Create a workspace - select a spot in your home to make art; tables can be covered and protected to allow your child to have a workspace.
  2. Gather materials - save everything from recycling materials for junk modelling, wrapping paper, ribbons, newspaper and magazines to found natural materials from the garden or from a walk.
  3. Talk about artwork - share your thoughts and opinions on what you see around you and encourage your child to do the same. Discuss what you like about the illustrations in books that you read together. The more you look the more you see! 

    What do you see? Take a moment, look again. What do you see now? Has it changed? Why?

  4.  Describe the: Textures you see in the art work. What colours you see in the artwork.  Which area of the artwork stands out to you the most? Why?  What does the artwork make you think of?  What emotion / mood does it make you feel? Close your eyes and describe the artwork from memory. What do you remember?  What adjectives would you use to describe this artwork? If this artwork had sound effects what would they be and why? How was this piece of art created? If this artwork was a piece of music or a   song, what would it be? Why?  What title would you give this artwork?

  5.  Display your child's work - celebrate their creations 

  6. Explore museums and galleries - below is a list of local galleries to visit:                                                                The Watts Gallery - Down Lane, Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/home/          Guildford House Gallery - 155 Highstreet, Guildford GU1 3AJ https://www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordhouse    The Lightbox - Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/pages/category/exhibitions  

    The Sunbury Gallery, The Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6AB https://www.sunburygallery.org/


www.tate.org.uk/art - Tate Kids, play, make, explore and share art 

 www.toytheater.com - Fun animation stations 

https://artuk.org/ – Art UK

https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html – National Gallery of Art – kids zone!

https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/families The Victoria and Albert Museum