Art - Curriculum Intent

“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. 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.”

Quote from the National Curriculum 2014

Curriculum Art 

At Redhill Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.  The Arts embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We believe we provide an arts curriculum that engages, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress through the arts, 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 through a cross curricular approach.

As a school, we believe that art is a vital and integral part of children’s education. It provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society. Art contributes to 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 links strongly to our school values. The focus is in developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design.

The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists and designers throughout history. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.


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 is based on the National Curriculum ensuring a well-structured and cross curricular approach to this creative subject.

We teach a knowledge rich and 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 of knowledge of their work. The knowledge and skills that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by their different techniques and artwork.

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

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:

- Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function;

- Explore different artists and the techniques that they use

- Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;

 - Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.

Key Stage 1

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

-to learn  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:

- 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]

- to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Curriculum Impact

End of unit assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations of attainment and the Knowledge and skills progression documents. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.

Further information is gathered through pupil questionnaires; highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, and knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded.

The children’s achievements are celebrated in their End of Year report to parents. Here, judgements are made on their effort, achievement and progress within the arts.

Children in the Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked using the EYFS curriculum. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.

The Art curriculum contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Through completing the arts programme of study, we believe that children move onto secondary school ready to apply these skills in a variety of contexts.

The children worked hard to pull off a show stopping display .

Well done to our Key Stage 1 winner who danced her way to the top and our Key stage 2 Winner Katie who blew us away with her beautiful singing. 

Examples of Art 


Rory McCann - Artist 2018

We have been very lucky to have the artist Rory McCann create a mural for our Reception corridor using characters from the stories we enjoy . He gave each class a master class on his techniques to create a 3D effect, reflections, shadows and where the light comes from. He demonstrated how to do these and we were able to watch him in action.

Shakespeare 2018

Art Competition

Below are some fantastic pieces of Art created by the children of Redhill - These photos were taken a few years ago, but are still on display in the school foyer!

World Book Day

We were very lucky to have the opportunity to work with and meet the illustrator Katy Alson. As a whole school we worked with Katy to create our 3D traditional tale carousel book. Each year group focused on a traditional story drawing characters, events and objects on to a piece of paper . We then traced the drawings onto the pages in the books and finished off using watercolours to add detail.

When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney

We were asked by Clarke solicitors to take part in a competition to help decorate their windows for Christmas. We were asked to create some art work around the theme of 'When Santa got stuck up the chimney’. Here are some examples of our entries from across the year groups.

Walsall Art Gallery

For our trip this term, Year 6 have visited Walsall Art Gallery.

One of the gallery staff introduced us to the Garman Ryan exhibition - the reason for the founding of the museum in the beginning. We learnt that they collected art work which they like, from a wide range of times and media, and how the gallery is organised by subject in the art work (for example: landscape, animals, portraits). We investigated the concept of portraits in greater detail, sketching and developing people from different directions and individual features of their faces. We used plasticine to create our own models of animals, like we could see represented in the animals gallery.  As well as focusing on learning about how to use modroc for sculpture, we also investigated a range of other types of art work. We looked at a range of work in the children’s room, looking at the artists and types of media they used. We thought about the work that most appealed to us and why and the work which we didn’t really like and why. We discussed how having a different opinion was fine, but we had to respect the views of others. 

We also had the opportunity to look round the museum and to see the different exhibitions. We focused on the work of Amalia Pica, an Argentian artist who now lives in London. Her latest exhibition, Private and Confidential, focuses on exposing the concepts of security and confidentiality and mocking some of the systems used in Government. Her work was particularly interesting as it was unusual: made from stamps to create images on paper, all presented like a series of postage stamps; a desk, similar to what we might find in an office, with stamps and paper; desks and tables set out for meetings; giant seats, shaped like ’ears’, made from shredded documents as if they were listening in; and work created from repeating geometric shapes, particularly chosen for their use in envelopes for security reasons.

Overall, it was a very interesting and enjoyable day for all involved!

As part of our visit to Walsall Art Gallery, we took part in a sculpture workshop focussing on developing our Modroc skills. We looked at creating busts to focus our attention on adding detail and creating a sculpture which had detail from all angles.  

As part of this, we discussed how we can build up the basic structure of our shape using newspaper and masking tape. We then looked at how to use Modroc - smoothing it down carefully to ensure the plaster was spread out and formed a smooth, strong bond between the pieces.

Once we had built up a layer of Modroc with no newspaper visible, we were shown how best to build up different features such as noses, eyebrows, eyes and ears. Because these skills are going to be applied to creating our own mythical creatures at school, we were also shown how these same skills could be used to develop features such as horns on a creature.