Art has a significant and valuable role to play in the overall ethos of this school. Art is an ongoing process through which all children are given opportunities to develop specific skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to work in variety of media, style and form. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. Children learn to make informed judgements, and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. We want children to feel empowered to make their own choices about materials and techniques they can use to create their own art pieces, expressing their ideas confidently.


Children are taught art using a bespoke curriculum that ensures we link art within their overall learning and make meaningful links between the artist and the final outcome.

  • Children learn about a variety of artists from different cultures.
  • Compare and discuss the works of artists, recording in sketchbooks.
  • Learn about techniques artists use to create their art pieces.
  • Reflect on art pieces made and discuss how they might further develop their work.
  • Develop an understanding of the role that art and design has in job roles, industries today and in the future.

Children will develop their theoretical, practical and disciplinary knowledge and use sketchbooks to record their personal journey.

The contents of the sketchbook could include:

Experiments with using various marking media drawings in a range of media that are:

  • a record of discussions around the work of an artist
  • preparatory studies for further work;
  • the development of ideas
  • a record of the development of practical skills
  • plans or details of art pieces to be created.
  • ICT prints and image manipulations:
  • Notes and reflections demonstrating disciplinary knowledge about artwork
  • Photographs
  • a record of observations seen outside the classroom which will be used as a reference material for further work,


We assess the children’s work in art and design while observing them working during lessons and give them feedback that will help them develop their practical skills. At the end of a unit of work, children are encouraged to discuss and evaluate both their own work and that of other pupils. This helps them to appreciate how they can improve their own art pieces and how they could develop their knowledge and skills further in the future.