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Art & Design

'Every human is an artist.’

Don Miguel Ruiz

Art and Design gives young artists the opportunity to explore and express themselves as they discover the vibrant world around them. This subject fosters experimentation among children, empowering their inquisitive and critical thinking skills as they navigate creative choices and self-expression.


‘Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.’


Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, Consultant in Early Childhood Education


How do we do this at Walesby C of E Primary School?


At Walesby C of E Primary School, we endeavour to provide children with the innovative learning environment needed to build and inspire creativity. Young artists at Walesby have access to quality resources throughout their school journey, developing skills and creativity through the spiral curriculum. Our curriculum celebrates artists, craftspeople and designers from both the past and from around the world. leading key topic areas for skills development and creativity.

Our curriculum has 4 main strands:

1. Drawing

2. Painting & mixed media

3. Sculpture & 3D and

4. Craft & design

This allows our children to build on and develop their knowledge, understanding and skills.


What are our outcomes?


Here at Walesby, we love to celebrate our children’s learning in Art and Design. We do this through whole school initiatives including;


  • Cross curricular celebrations of art and artists - our curriculum provides rich opportunities for children to explore art across different subjects


{e.g. art / sculptures in history (MAYAN art) in English (art in books) in geography (art in different cultures e.g. weaving)}


  • Sharing art - showcasing art not only as a finished product, but the journey children have taken to produce quality work.

Walesby C of E Primary School

Art Curriculum

           “Every child is an artist” Pablo Picasso




At Walesby C of E Primary we value Art and Design as part of our broad and balanced curriculum.  A high quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the developing knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and extend their own ideas and express themselves through creating their own works of art, craft and design.


Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore, think creatively, evaluate and think critically about their own work and the work of others in order to develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.


At Walesby C of E Primary art lessons are fully inclusive to all children and build on children’s current skills. Teachers identify pupil’s next steps in learning and plan for progressive development of knowledge and skills.


The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.


























At Walesby C of E Primary we encourage and value children’s ideas, exploration and creativity. Children are invited to explore their ideas, draw upon their own experiences and use their imaginations. To ensure high standards we ensure that our curriculum is progressive across the key stages, providing a broad and balanced curriculum that develops children’s skills.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design curriculum is based on the 2014 National Curriculum providing a broad framework and outlines the knowledge, skills and expectations for each Key Stage.  Our curriculum is taught through 4 core strands – drawing, painting & mixed media, Sculpture & 3D and craft & design, on a 2 year cycle to provide pupils with a well structured, Art and Design curriculum  (see long term plan)

The works of famous artists are explored to enhance children’s learning, develop their knowledge of the styles used and provide inspiration for pupils. Children are encouraged to appreciate and reflect on the work of others alongside reflecting, evaluating and critiquing their own work.


All teachers plan sequences of lessons in Art and Design based on children’s prior knowledge and skills development,  embedding and building on prior learning. New learning is introduced using a step by step approach and children have chance to practise and develop their new skills.


All children are given opportunities to develop their Art and Design skills through the formal elements of colour, form, line, pattern, shape,  texture and tone when

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Creating collages
  • Using textiles
  • When sculpting and creating 3D works of art
  • When creating digital art


We value the use of sketch books and encourage pupils to document and develop their ideas through experimentation and exploration. 


In EYFS continuous provision provides children with opportunities to develop their Expressive Art skills.  Free access to resources and opportunities enables pupils to develop their skills and understanding at their own pace and through their own interests. A balance between child initiated activities and adult led sessions enables children to explore different media and materials and develop the use of different tools and techniques. A range of media and materials are provide to allow children to develop their creative ideas and to use their imagination to manipulate the materials, they are encouraged to explore different methods and to articulate their intentions and ideas and talk about their creations, adapting their approach where necessary. Children are actively encouraged to explore colour, texture, shape and form when being creative. The age related expectations in the Birth to Five document underpins the curriculum planning and ensures children’s learning includes art, music, dance and imaginative play. Art lessons allow children to develop their creativity, to choose appropriate materials and tools competently.


Children learn to:

  • Explore colour and how colours can be changed, choosing particular colours for different purposes.
  • Develop an understanding of using lines and begin to use drawing to represent actions and objects using their imagination, observational skills and experiences.
  • Select tools for different purposes and manipulate these with increasing control.
  • Develop their thinking and explore their interests and enquires using their increasing knowledge of different tools and materials.
  • Develop their own ideas through experimentation with a range of materials to express and communicate their discoveries and understanding.
  • Express and communicate their feelings and understanding through a range of art forms reflecting and adapting their work where necessary.

In KS1 Pupils are 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.


In KS2 pupils are 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 are 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.


Our Art and Design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression of knowledge, skills and subject specific vocabulary.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Teachers knowledge and understanding of pupils progress
  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
  • Pupil behaviour and attitudes to learning  demonstrate that they enjoy art lessons and that work has been pitched appropriately
  • Pupil discussions/interviews about their learning, their thoughts, ideas, the process and reflections. Pupils talk enthusiastically about their learning with adults.
  • Teachers are encouraged to make photographic records of the children’s practical learning and development of their art work. The subject leader keeps photographic evidence of the children’s work and displays in school. Photographs can also be found on the school website.
  • Book looks and opportunities for dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
  • Pupils work is documented and evidenced in sketch books as a working record and moves with the child through school. This shows progression of skills over units of work and over time.
  • Art work is often displayed around school. Teachers give oral feedback to pupils about their work and encourage pupils to be reflective.














































Our Art Gallery 

FS2 Painting - Colour Mixing - Self Portraits

FS2 - Exploring Media and Materials

FS2 Printing - Remembrance 2020

FS2 - Mark Making

KS1 - The Shortening Winter's Day - Joseph Farquharson