Art and Design

Through our art and design curriculum we teach specific skills so that our pupils can explore ideas, create and evaluate artwork. Our pupils create using materials to represent objects realistically and imaginatively and express ideas and feelings. They evaluate their own work and that of other artists and they are offered the opportunities to understand the value and significance of art in society by studying artists, architects and designers.We focus upon the key areas of  colour and  tone, pattern, line/ shape/ space, texture and form and we use a range of media (e.g. clay, watercolours,  acrylics, charcoal, modroc, pastels) and techniques(e.g. drawing, painting, appliqué, embroidery, silk painting, batik, sculpture). We weave through a progression of skills within each area and then incorporate them creatively into topic work using interesting artefacts as stimuli, such as objects from other cultures. We are also steeped in opportunities to visit artists at venues such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Gallery, The National Coal Mining Museum and the Sheffield Theatres and we also invite professionals into school. Our two Arts Award trainers nurture talent and leadership through the Arts Award.

Many art topics and skills are taught throughout school:

FS2 and KS1

By the end of KS1, children will be able to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products and to shape their ideas, experiences and imagination using drawing, painting and sculpture. They will develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They will be able to compare and describe differences and similarities between artists and designers. 


By the end of KS2, all children will have created their own sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. They will have made improvements in their mastery of art and design techniques including drawing, painting and sculpting using a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, clay and paint). They will consider great artists, designers and architects in history.