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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. 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.

At Wincle CE Primary School, we believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding. 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, sculpture and digital media and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.


Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures.

It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Wincle CE Primary School is based on the National Curriculum ensuring a well structured approach to this creative subject. The children are taught Art as part of a their topic work in three classes: EYFS and KS1, Year 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6.

The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children’s learning.

 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:

  • 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.    

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]

  •  about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
* A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
* A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
* Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.

Pupils attainment and progress in art is collected and documented each term and shared with the Teaching and Learning Sub Committee.

Art Curriculum Map:

Throughout their time at Wincle, the pupils will study the work of a variety of artists: learning about their lives, their passion for art and their particular techniques. 

  • Key artists to look at through EYFS and Key Stage One: Kandinsky and Van Gogh (painting), Matisse and Jeannie Baker (collage), Andy Goldsworthy and Anthony Gormley (sculpture), Charles Tunnicliffe and Keith Haring (drawing), Andy Warhol (printing), Hunter Stozol and Orla Kiely (textiles) and Stephen Mcmennamy, Nik Ainley (digital media)  

  • Key artists to look at through Year Three and Year Four: Seurat (painting), Picasso (collage), Aardman (sculpture), Lowry (drawing), William Morris (printing), Dawn Ireland (textiles) and Jason Naylor/ Aiste Stancikaite (digital media)

  • Key artists to look at through Year Five and Six: Banksy (painting), Matisse (collage), Clarice Cliff (sculpture), Roy Lichtenstein (drawing), Charles Rennie Macintosh (printing), Suzy Shackleton (textiles) and Hal Lasko/Sara Ludy (digital media).

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