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Art is taught as a subject in its own right and as an integral part of the curriculum, enhancing the learning in a particular area. Through art, pupils learn to develop their visual, creative, imaginative and practical skills which will enable them to express their ideas and feelings. They can record their observations, design and make artefacts. Through art pupils gain an understanding of the creative process, they learn to appreciate their work and that of others.


In each year group pupils will have experiences of the following eight aspects of art:

  • Drawing
  • Responding to artefacts (own and others)
  • Painting
  • Colour
  • Print-making
  • Collage
  • Textiles
  • 3D work

Pupils are taught about the elements of art:

  • Pattern and texture
  • Colour matching and how colours are mixed from primary colours (colour mixing is introduced from pre-reception onwards)
  • How images are made using line and tone
  • The use of shape, form, space and image in artefacts
  • The work of a wide range of artists, craftspeople and designers from a variety of cultures, from the past and present
  • Safe use of materials and tools
  • Opportunities to respond and evaluate their own work and that of others.

By the end of primary school pupils should be able to:

  • Enjoy art and work with confidence
  • Have sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to make choices of what they can record and how they record their ideas
  • Work safely with tools and materials they choose
  • Have acquired an appreciation of how artists, craftspeople and designers have contributed to our diverse cultural heritage
  • Discuss the thoughts and feelings that art work (both their own and that of others) evokes.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it