At Greenhaugh 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, thought and ideas.
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 the 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
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.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Greenhaugh Primary
School is based on the National Curriculum. We use Kapow to teach Art and Design, but also seek out ways in which we can relate our Art lessons to work in other subjects. We have also worked with local artists. Areas covered in Art lessons include clay work, sculpture, printing, sketching, stop animation, watercolour painting and collage.
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
3. to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture,
line, shape, form and space
4. 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
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. about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Our children enjoy the self-expression that they experience in Art and Design. Work in
Art and Design complements much of what we do in relation to our Greenhaugh Code, encouraging resilience, ambition, confidence and children's own unique styles. Children are actively encouraged to hone and improve their skills and to see practice and experimentation as essential to developing their artistic talents. Children’s work is showcased in school and has been shown in exhibitions.