These notes have been compiled to show how the Mr Watt eBooks can be used in conjunction with the 2014 National Curriculum.

These notes are ongoing work; any comments or suggestions are welcomed, and I am very happy to do Mr Watt presentation sheets that will assist your class if you let me know the specific needs etc. (for example, see the maths activity sheets prepared for Hertford Infants.)

The text is below, but please email Jon Mills if you would like a more user-friendly, tabled Word.doc of these notes to print out.

ks1 docs


KS1 Art & Design (eBook2)

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.



Pupils should be


     ‘What Mr.Watt?’    ‘A turn for the worse’       ‘A brush with evil’
To use a range of materials

creatively to design and make






To use drawing, painting and

sculpture to develop and share

their ideas, experiences and





Products: trees; shed; car; automata ~ an animal performing tricks;






Design your own ‘automata’ ~ an animal doing a trick for example. How might it work?

Tufts of grass; a pick-up truck; a crab; a crab’s bicycle; an anchor;


See videos on pages 19 & 25 re: drawing shapes



Design a contraption for an animal that’s normally used by a human. Make lists of animals and lists of contraptions, then jumble them up;







Trees; machines; jumpers; brooms; a witch; clouds







Design your own jumper for Mr Watt. Base it on something not mormally assosciated with jumpers; skulls, letters, animals, etc

How has Jon Mills used form, shape, decoration and texture?

Pupils should be


     ‘What Mr.Watt?’    ‘A turn for the worse’       ‘A brush with evil’
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 and

designers, describing the

differences and similarities

between different practices and

disciplines, and making links  to their own work.

What mixture of materials might it need to be made from ?


Watch all of the making processes in the video on P.3

Drawing; cutting; welding/joining; smoothing; heating to make soft; shaping; cooling



What materials do other artists use? Jon Mills uses metal; what about Aardman; The Clangers; Lucy Casson ?

What tools and equipment would they use instead?

Watch the making of the anchor on Page 25.

How has Jon Mills used form & shape?


Does your animal require a special feature (ie more than two legs so needs more than 2 pedals etc)






Watch the video of the needle being made on p.37

How has Jon Mills used pattern and texture?

Watch the video on page 48 of the shaping processes


What other materials could you make a jumper out of? What design considerations do you need to think about?





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  1. Pingback: Mr Watt’s Key Stage 1 notes (all subjects) | mrwatt'sblog

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