Subject Leader: Miss Blackman

We believe that art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At school we aim to provide a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Teaching and Learning

Art is taught to all children in school on a weekly basis to develop key skills, promote enjoyment of Art and embed the purpose and importance of the subject. The core aims of the National Curriculum are addressed in each lesson. Our approach to the planning, assessment and teaching of music throughout the school is organised alongside our class groupings. As well as bespoke lessons, we often teach Art and Design alongside other subjects. History might see Key Stage 2 pupils creating designs, sculptures and models based on Ancient Egypt or pupils in Key Stage 1 making their own artistic displays in Geography based on their seaside topic. We use local influences to develop our interest of art. For example, our Forest School sessions allow us to link nature with art. We also use local artists to access different styles of art. As pupils progress, we ensure they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We also give pupils the opportunity to appreciate art and design, both in and out of school, so that they know how the subject reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art is a crucial part of the curriculum. Children express themselves with mixed media from Early Years onwards.

Bringing in artists to explore things like sculpture, enrichens our curriculum.

Our teaching of Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Sequenced Learning

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Key stage 1 Pupils will be 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.

During their time in Reception children will have access to high quality continuous provision to support their learning and development of art skills both in and out of the art lesson. They will be given opportunities to mark make, mix colours using paint, create their own sculptures and explore pattern and texture. In Acorns class children will be encouraged to explore art in the outdoors as part of their forest schooling.

Key stage 2 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

· about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Pupils in Twiglets, Birch and Oaks Classes will build upon the skills developed in Key Stage One. They will record all of their art work in the newly set up art sketchbooks. These art sketchbooks will follow them through school and will highlight the progress children are making in this area of the curriculum. They will learn about the work of famous artists, architects and designers. Class teachers will liaise with each other to discuss which artists are being covered to ensure a good breadth over the key stages.


Through the use of the intent, implementation and impact approach, we have designed an action plan that aims to achieve specific endpoints. Children will leave Brough School having explored their creative abilities. They will have been given opportunities to both express themselves in Art but also been taught and learned key artistic skills and gained knowledge of the importance and influence of art in society.

Art in the community - pupils design a murel for a prominent annual gathering.

Subject Action Plan