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In Art every child will be given the opportunity to develop confidence, enjoyment and the ability to express themselves creatively. Children will be encouraged to share and celebrate their successes, talents and experiences.


Acquire experience of different art forms both cultural and historic, evaluating these so that they can confidently express their opinions in a supportive environment which encourages open exchange of ideas and individual taste.


Through a creative curriculum, children will embark on a journey which will inspire and provide them with the skills and knowledge to identify any creative and artistic challenges they may face in the future.


To develop and use materials and techniques effectively so that they may apply these when creating their own original work for pleasure, well-being or for commercial purposes.


The children will leave with an abundance of enjoyable memories and diverse creative experiences.

Key Learning


AppreciationAnalysis Creation Evaluation

Identify in works of art cultural or historical influences and have opinions about these in the context of today’s world.

Identify in works of art what they find pleasing.

Analyse works of art to identify techniques, materials and effects in order that informs personal opinions and may inspire personal creation.   Use knowledge of different art and skills taught to express their own ideas in works of art.Reflect on work created and identify what they find pleasing and effective and how work could be further improved.


In Early Years, children begin to develop prerequisite skills for Art by accessing the specific area of learning – Expressive Arts and Design from the strands – Creating with Materials and Being Imaginative and Expressive.  Dance could be seen within PE, music or continuous provision.  The children will explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, texture and form.  Children will share their creations and explain the processes that they have used. We also use relevant statements which are taken from the Physical Development area of learning where children develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently. Children will use their core muscle strength to achieve a good posture and develop overall body strength, balance, coordination and agility.


In EYFS this is implemented through:


  • Directed teaching (Music Express/Music time/singing time/maths and story time/PE lessons)
  • Looking at an artist’s work
  • Continuous provision (creative area, writing area, malleable area, loose parts, large play equipment, tyres, balance beams)
  • Squiggle
  • Art work in the environment
  • Provide a variety of medium (thick/thin brush, chalk, pens, paint, crayons, felt tips, whiteboard pens)
  • Photographs
  • Visits and workshops
  • Short film
  • Stories

This half term, Year 6 have been looking at the Mayan Empire , in conjunction with our Reading text , The Curse of the Maya. 
Their sculptures and carvings were particularly interesting to the children , so in  our Art lessons, using bars of soap, we carved out our own designs. The results were amazingly creative and the classroom  smells really nice too! 

Mayan Stelae Art work in Year 6

Maya stelae are monuments that were fashioned by the Maya civilization of ancient Mesoamerica. They consist of an upright slab of stone, sculpted and worked in relief in 1,2 or 4 faces. 
Year 6 have recreated their own versions, using layers of cardboard to give a 3-D effect and detail. The children had great fun, and they look very impressive on display in the classroom. 

Year 5 Art


Year 5 are developing their craft and design skills by making book marks using sewing and cross stitch techniques.

Printing in Year 2


Year 2 have been printing using paint and sponges, with the shapes and patterns inspired by South African Artist- Esther Mahlangu.