Art & Design





Art at Holystone


Media & Materials



Significant Artists


Art Intent

‘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.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.

At Holystone Primary School our aim is to provide an art curriculum that is underpinned by our Core Values of Resilience, Respect, Independence and Community. We want to enable each child to reach their full creative potential in art by encouraging children to be imaginative, reflective and feel confident to try different techniques to invent new and interesting works of art. We value art as a unique way of communicating with and understanding the world around us while allowing children to creatively express their thoughts and ideas in a safe space.



Art Implementation

By the end of EYFS-

By the end of Key Stage 1

  • Use a range of materials to creatively design and make art products
  • Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and vocabulary linked to each area
  • 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 world


By the end of Key Stage 2

Pupils should be 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 will be 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 and to know a range of artistic vocabulary linked to each area

• about a range of great artists, architects and designers in history.


This is how it works

• Art and design will be taught as either a cross curricular or discrete lesson focusing on showing a progression of skills acquired and developed.

• An enquiry question will be used to engage children and promote inquisitive learning.

• The skills and techniques developed will be evidenced in a sketchbook which will transition up the school through each Key Stage.

• When children leave Year 6, they will have explored and discussed a range of different artists and designers and their work, concentrating on the techniques the artist used or the features designers incorporated in their work. The children will then have a chance to recreate and reimagine these into their own designs and artwork.

  • All children will be given a chance to work on a range of different collaborative art and design projects and have their work showcased across the school to create a sense of community.
  • Where appropriate, links will be made across the curriculum to create a more deep and meaningful art and design education.
  • Workshops or art days relevant to specific topics may be used to immerse children in the art/design experience.


This is what adults do

Teachers use the Art and Design whole school progression document to plan inspiring lessons, which work on developing or acquiring artistic and design skills and techniques.

  •  Create a positive learning environment, promoting mutual respect, where children feel comfortable discussing and sharing their own and others work and suggesting positive feedback and ways to improve.
  •  Regularly monitor sketchbooks, listen to pupil feedback and undertake planning audits.

 •  Raise the profile of art within the school using art and design and technology days and running extra-curricular art and design clubs.

This is how we support

  • Work might be differentiated so that all children are able to meet the learning objective in activities suitable to their own individual needs.
  • Offering a range of equipment and resources so that all children can make progress during a lesson, e.g., use of templates or guides, different paintbrush sizes etc.
  • Small group/1:1 adult support given where required.
  • We use teacher and self-assessment to quickly identify any child who requires additional support developing specific skills and techniques.  These pupils will then receive additional support or resources to use in order for them to successfully meet the learning objective.

This is how we challenge

Lessons will be differentiated.

 • Additional activities to stretch the learning within the lesson and further develop certain skills or techniques.

This how we ensure all children can access the curriculum

Children who have SEN or EAL needs are introduced to specific subject relevant language prior to the lesson.

  • Seating children alongside good role models to support one another or working in groups to enable children to discuss art or develop skills.
  • By providing equipment and resources relevant to each individual child, e.g. templates, relevant vocabulary necessary for writing up art evaluations, writing frames.


Art Impact

This is what you might typically see

  • Happy and engaged learners.
  • Children posing questions about designs or artwork that they wish to research.
  • A range of different activities including practical lessons, research lessons, showcase of works of art and evaluations of designs.
  • Children able to self-reflect on their art and design, finding both areas of success and evaluating areas of possible improvement.
  • Displays around the school and showcases of children’s art and designs.
  • Confident children who are willing to persevere with skills and techniques they are developing.

This is how we know how well our pupils are doing

Evaluation and feedback by teacher and peers.

  • Monitoring of progress.
  • Photographic evidence included in children’s sketchbooks.
  •  Displays of work in classes.
  •  Sketchbook and book scrutiny, pupil perceptions and planning audits.
  • Targeted adults during lessons to ensure progress of all children.

This is the impact of the teaching

  • Children who enjoy Art and Design.
  • Children who can confidently discuss their ideas and learning in Art and Design.
  • Reflective and increasingly resilient learners.

 • Children who are able to showcase their developing skills and techniques by independently creating different works of art.

  • Children who are prepared to share the learning they have acquired in a variety of ways.
  • Children who are able to apply the different art and design skills and techniques they have acquired to give a certain artistic effect.
  • Creative children who are inspired by the artists and designers that they have learnt about.