Give me art in the style of….

What is the most effective way of interesting your pupils in great artists and the development of art forms?

The new national curriculum for Art and Design at KS2 and KS3 requires students to produce creative work whilst exploring and recording experiences and developing their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

Pupils should also have the opportunity to evaluate and analyse their own and others’ work using art, craft and design language.

Arty Tasks is a new book of Art resources and in this regard is an ideal starting point. It incorporates step by step instructions for 35 separate projects each of which requires pupils to produce a piece of artwork based on the work of a selection of artists as diverse as Georgia 0’Keeffe and Joseph Cornell.

The pupils using the book are thus encouraged to use a wide variety of techniques and materials to create their artwork – and if desired each project can be used as a starting point for researching the historic content of the artists and art movements.

Each project comes on a single sheet of A4 and individual activities can thus easily be photocopied for your class to use as starter activities or homework tasks, either as one-off tasks or incorporated into longer projects. They can also be handed out for higher ability students to work more independently or used for extra-curricular activities.

Arty Tasks thus offers 35 creative projects which can be used simply as creative projects or as a way into research into a particular artist or art movement.

Arty Tasks, ISBN 978 1 86083 807 1, order code T1833EMN, is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom. An extract is available at


Photocopiable book, £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
CD with school-wide rights: £19.95 plus £3.95 delivery
Both the Ring Binder and the CD £26.94 plus £3.95 delivery
Prices include VAT.
You can purchase the book…

By post from First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct, Earlstrees Rd, Corby, NN17 4HH
By fax to 01536 399 012
On-line with a credit card at
By phone with a school order number or a credit card to 01536 399 011
By email with a school order number to
When ordering the book please quote the reference T1833EMN.
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Identifying the three most common types of playground behaviour, and encouraging the type of behaviour that we want.

According to Therese Hoyle, a leading expert in children’s play, there are three main types of behaviour that can be observed at play time and during lunch breaks…

Bullying and bad behaviour
Bored behaviour
Positive behaviour
Self-evidently what we want is as much positive behaviour as possible, plus an arsenal of speedy and effective ways of rapidly turning bullying, bad behaviour and bored behaviour into positive behaviour.

For not only is bullying, bad behaviour and bored behaviour disruptive and negative in itself, but it takes up everyone’s time in dealing with it. Time that could be much better spent in encouraging and developing positive behaviour.

Sadly, as we all know, simply telling children who tend to engage in the negative forms of behaviour not to do so, has little effect.

Instead we need two approaches – and it is noticeable that schools which adopt these approaches dramatically and rapidly reduce the level of negative behaviour.

Indeed they also reduce the pressure put upon teachers and lunchtime assistants in dealing with the problems that such negative behaviour brings.

Autumn catalogue
Therese Hoyle has evolved six approaches within her Positive Playtime Behaviour Management Programme to overcoming negative behaviour, and these are outlined in her latest article, “Helping your school flourish”, which is published within the new Edventure catalogue.

A copy of the catalogue, complete with the article, has been posted to your school. If this hasn’t arrived for any reason please do click here, complete your details, and we’ll get another in the post to you right away.

Also within the catalogue are hundreds of ways of enhancing positive behaviour while reducing the level of bullying, bad behaviour and bored behaviour in the playground.

I do hope you will find the article and the range of ideas within the catalogue to be of interest. You can place an order in a variety of different ways including:

on the website
by faxing us to 01323 50 10 41
by calling us on 01323 50 10 40
by emailing us at
by post to Edventure Ltd, Hargreaves Business Park, Hargreaves Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QW.
What’s more, if you quote HH0314 on your order delivery will be free.

Without quoting the code the charge is £3.95 if ordered online or £6.95 if ordered by fax, phone or post.

“The Sunclock is a wonderful teaching tool for all teachers and students”

Getting students to understand the relationship between the earth and sun and it’s impact on our daily lives can at times be a challenge.

How to explain that what we see in the sky and what we live and breath has a direct effect on why we have Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Why is it that half the world is in darkness while the other is not? How is possible to tell the time without a watch using just a shadow?
All this and many other aspects of the science and maths curriculum can be enhanced by installing an interactive and hands on human sundial.

What’s more, the installation can be made into a fundraising activity and you can enlist the help of not just students, but parents and other community members into the project.

Join the many schools in Australia and New Zealand who have installed a Human Sundial.

Please visit our websites to learn more and to view pictures of Human Sundials. or

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