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.

Through the teaching of art in our school we hope to ensure that all children:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • have the opportunity to visit an art gallery and take place in an arts-based workshop.

We are a Rights Respecting school and aim to plan opportunities for children to understand and reflect on the ‘UN convention on the rights of the child (Unicef). Teacher’s planning includes articles which relate to art.


In Early Years we teach art as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We relate the artistic aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) that underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five ‘Expressive Art and Design – Exploring and using media and materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative’.

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 and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

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.

Teaching and Learning:

Our school uses the Cornerstones scheme of work. This incorporates the teaching of art into a half-termly topic based approach. The scheme provides innovative ideas for the teaching of art. Activities are challenging, motivating and extend pupils’ learning. All pupils complete a termly piece of art work in their personal sketch books.

We plan the main school corridor displays around a whole school art theme,for example, ‘Take One Picture’. This changes termly.

We teach art to all children, whatever their ability. Art forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children. Through our art teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. We do this by setting appropriate learning challenges and responding to each child’s different needs.


Teachers will assess children’s work in art by making informal judgments during lessons as children demonstrate their ability in art in a variety of different ways. Teachers assess the work and give oral or written feedback as necessary to inform future progress. Older pupils are encouraged to make judgments about how they can improve their own work. Assessment is done by observing children working, by listening to their responses and by examining and evaluating work produced including work in sketchbooks.

Our Learning Environment:

Work undertaken in art is presented and displayed in classrooms and within school. This includes presenting the work they have developed within the lesson. Resources for the current topic should be easily accessible. All classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard to enhance the profile of ICT across the curriculum.

Learning Resources:

We have a range of art equipment and resources in school. These are stored in the cupboards in class 3. Books about art and artists are found in the main school library.

Inclusion and Equal Opportunities:

The full range of activities in art will be made available to all children, irrespective of race, gender or physical disabilities. Where children have a degree of physical, sensory or behavioural difficulties they should be encouraged to participate in such activities with the required help from others or support staff.

Safeguarding and Health and Safety:

Teachers will always teach the safe use of tools and equipment and insist on good practice. Children will be taught to put away tools and equipment when not in use. For further information see the school’s Health and Safety Policy.


The subject leader will coordinate the implementation of the school art planning. If any evidence is to be collected in by the coordinator, staff will be briefed on the expectations beforehand e.g. evidence of differentiation etc. Planning is monitored to ensure it takes account of the range of pupils at our school and is appropriate to our needs. Evidence and quality of wall displays and talking to the children about art will also provide valuable information about art in school. The school successfully achieved Silver Artsmark in October 2018.


Children will be become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.