Introduction to Art and Design

Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others.

Each year group plans art lessons, which aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills using specific media. The importance of Art is evident through our yearly Art Week, in which we plan and deliver skills focusing on a particular skills or aspect of Art, throughout the school and through the journey of learning through our sketchbooks from Year 1 to Year 6. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential.

 Curriculum Intent

At Lanivet Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Art contributes to the children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Moreover, it enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and therefore it links strongly to our school values.

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.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1.      produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  2.      become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  3.      evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  4.      know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms


Curriculum Implementation

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Lanivet Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and ensures a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

We teach a skills-based art curriculum, which allows children to express their creative imagination as well as providing them with opportunities to practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture. This is supported through the studying of key artists and the development knowledge of their work including time for Year 2 and Year 4 children to work alongside a local artist during the year.

Lessons are taught in blocks on a termly basis and involve studying existing pieces of art, sketching aspects of these, with a particular focus on the necessary skills, before complementing a final piece. The children are then given time to reflect on their work and discuss next steps with further opportunities to improve their work. The evidence of their work is collected within the art sketch book which follows the children through school. Photographs of larger, group or 3D pieces are also kept within this book.

The children's learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term and whole school challenges linked to healthy body, healthy mind healthy planet. During these sessions the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  •          Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  •          Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to       manipulate and create different effects.
  •          Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  •          Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  •          Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  •          Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1.      to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2.      to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and               imagination
  3.     to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line,             shape, form and space
  4.     Know 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 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:

  1.      to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2.      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]
  3.      Know about great artists, architects and designers in history. 

Curriculum Impact

Summative assessments take place throughout the year with teachers and pupils having time to reflect and make comments about their work. These are recorded in the children’s personal sketchbooks and are sensitive discussions that document an individual child’s creative journey. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. Children will demonstrate independence in recalling previous skills and applying them in their art. Progress will be particularly evident when children are using skills taught in art when these skills are used in other areas of the curriculum. This will show the learning has been embedded and is now beginning to take on the child’s own style.

Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line with the national curriculum.