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Art & Design

We are committed to a philosophy which
promotes excellence whilst enabling all
students to experience the joy of the Arts.

Art & Design


Subject Leader: Alison Johnson


Art & Design: Intent


Art and design teaching at Orston Primary School instils an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts.  Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern.  Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. 

The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:

  • To 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 through school, they should begin 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.
  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.    



The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school. We take a cross curricular approach, children are encouraged to draw to learn and make links to other subjects. Sketchbooks are used from year one upwards to record ideas, observations and reflections.

The Art and Design curriculum at Orston Primary School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage.


Art Planning: The Art learning journey:


 Look and See- This begins with first hand observations where possible. Artefacts, nature, local buildings etc. We begin with discussions about what we can see, we encourage the looking and describing in order to develop the language for art. Sketchbooks are used to record observations and ideas.


Explore and Experiment- This is when children get to play with different materials, colours and scales. At this stage we link ideas to other artists’ work.


The Final Piece- This is the final outcome, it could be a painting or a print, a clay pot or a patchwork of ideas. Once they have produced their masterpiece they are encouraged to reflect on what they have produced. They make notes in their sketchbooks about what went well and why. What would they do differently next time? If it’s a large piece, we put a photo in a sketchbook with their reflections alongside.




We ensure that the children:

  • Develop an enjoyment of art and design.
  • Are reflective learners, they should be able to talk confidently about their work and suggest improvements.
  • Develop a vocabulary for Art and Design.
  • Develop skills in drawing, painting, printing & sculpting.
  • Gain an understanding of a variety of artists and designers.
  • Take risks, they should experiment with materials and ideas. We want them to be curious and ask what if?

Sketchbooks are used to gain evidence of the above.



Online Resources


National Curriculum for Art and Design