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Art Lead - Mrs Gray

Our Vision 




  • For the children to be exposed to a high quality Art and Design curriculum which ‘engages, inspires and challenges’ them
  • For the children to be taught the knowledge, skills and techniques that enable them to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design
  • For the children to be driven to ask the question ‘why?’ and make meaningful connections across curriculum areas
  • That our children experience a range of art and design, spanning genres and styles and including culturally and ethnically diverse art and artists
  • Progression in knowledge and techniques is carefully considered; all children are given opportunities to confidently develop at their own pace as they gain a visual language with which to express their ideas and experiences
  • Pupils feel proud of their work and the progress they have made across the year and through the school
  • Pupils are encouraged to engage with and critique the art of others as well as their own and they are supported in using key art terms and vocabulary




  • We follow the Key Stage 1 Attainment statements as set out in the Art and Design Programme of Study in the National Curriculum (2014)
  • These units have been planned to ensure breadth of coverage across Key Stage 1 and to ensure that the important artistic knowledge and skills are taught progressively through the year groups
  • Children have an Art lesson each week. Each Year 1 child has a sketchbook that moves up to Year 2 with them; an excellent way to see each child’s art journey. We pass these on to the Junior School
  • Each project in art links to the relevant Topic theme for that term and is taught during the same term as that Topic
  • All schemes of work include one or more skill e.g. drawing painting, collage, 3D or printing. Progress in these is built in across all year groups and skills and media are often revisited as the children move up the school
  • Children produce work in their sketchbooks where they explore and experiment with knowledge and techniques, develop and plan their ideas and respond to the artwork of other artists, craftspeople etc. They produce final pieces/outcomes that go on display around school or in classrooms




  • When pupils leave us at the end of KS1 they are able to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • They are confident to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • They use a range of art and design techniques to explore colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • They work independently, selecting materials from our workshops
  • Their work demonstrates resilience in the subject, by taking risks, problem solving and being curious
  • They talk about the work of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work
  • Our children review and refine their work with self and/or peer assessment and teacher feedback






Art and Design in Foundation Stage


By the end of EYFS, children are beginning to: 

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings.



Learning in Art and Design in EYFS is about:

  • Practising gross motor skills as a precursor to developing the fine motor skills which are needed for mark making and writing.
  • Exploring tools including sprayers, rollers, and large brushes.
  • Using fabrics, papers, wool, foil, ribbons and cellophane to create woven designs on large scales outdoors e.g. on weaving frames and picket fences.
  • Painting and mark making on a large scale out of doors.
  • Using brushes of many thicknesses and sizes.
  • Mixing paint colours independently.
  • Working collaboratively on group paintings, exploring colour, texture, movement and design as they work.
  • Exploring with resistant materials such as wood, thick card and ridged plastic.
  • Learning how to cut and join materials and about how to decide whether or not different materials are fit for their purpose.
  • Handling tools, equipment and materials safely and effectively.

Progression in Art

Art Vocabulary

Art Policy

Useful Links for Art