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Art and Design

At Stanburn Primary School we follow the Art National Curriculum which explains the purpose of study as:
“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. As pupils progress, they should be able 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.”

At Stanburn Primary School we believe that art is an important part of developing our children’s ability to explore their individual creativity, encourage their imagination, express their ideas, develop their understanding and enable them to work both individually and collaboratively with others. Stanburn Art lessons are planned to aim to ensure that children are able to develop a range of skills using a variety of media. The importance of Art is evident through our yearly Art Project in which we plan and deliver activities developing skills focusing on a particular theme or aspect of Art throughout the school.

Our Stanburn Art curriculum endeavours to support our school aims and values by:

At Stanburn Primary School it is our intent to:

• Deliver a high quality art curriculum ensuring all pupils produce creative and imaginative work.
• Provide children with the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences using a range of skills, techniques and materials.
• Enable children to become confident and proficient in drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected art, craft and design techniques.
• Provide opportunities for children to develop their knowledge of a variety of famous artists, designers and craft makers from different times and cultures.
• Encourage children to develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a sequence of lessons offering skills and knowledge progression.
• Actively encourage children to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways.
• Develop a visual vocabulary that enables children to articulate their thoughts and feelings within the context of art.
• Encourage children to explore and discuss the artwork of others and evaluate different creative ideas.


At Stanburn Primary School the implementation of art lessons is carefully considered so that children can use and apply their art knowledge and skills in a range of activities from Reception to Year 6.
Projects are developed to support and compliment other curriculum areas whilst also developing specific art skills and knowledge with an emphasis on drawing, painting and sculpture work. Most projects compliment and extend our year group Big Questions such as “Where shall we go on our next adventure?” where the children go on to develop artwork based on a space and planets theme. Children are encouraged to take an active role in lessons and develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. The lessons provide opportunities for children to generate ideas, and use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. The use of sketchbooks is an essential part of the development of ideas, and children record their observations, and experiment, review and revisit ideas. Art specific vocabulary is used in lessons and children are encouraged to share their ideas and discuss pieces of work including their own and others. Teachers build in time to revise skills previously taught in order for children to improve their mastery of art and design techniques. The work of a variety of artists, craft makers and designers are studied from a range of cultures and time periods in history to enhance children’s learning.


Art and design learning is enjoyed by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have higher expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified. Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world. Children are confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.