Art stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.  At Heddon-on-the-Wall St. Andrew’s CE Primary School teachers plan Art lessons that fit into topics, linking lessons to the National Curriculum requirements across all Key Stages.  The quality art and design education 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. As pupils progress, they start to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Pupils also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

    Aims of Art 

  • Pupils will produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • To be able to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Early Years Art 

During the Early Years learners are given opportunities to develop artistic and cultural awareness which supports their imagination and creativity. Importantly, children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.  They develop skills to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.  In addition to this Pupils develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.  Pupils 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 work.  

Key Stage 2

Pupils will 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 use sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.  Through working with a range of materials, pupils will improve their mastery of art and design techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture.   In addition to this, pupils learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

All children with SEND will have equal access and opportunities within the curriculum. The School will support these children to ‘catch up’, ‘keep up’ and experience success in the following ways (where appropriate):

  • High quality teaching each day through Ordinarily Available Provision (formerly Quality First Teaching);
  • Opportunities for pre-learning (particularly new vocabulary) before lessons;
  • Appropriately scaffolded or differentiated work or materials;
  • Classrooms and materials set up to reduce cognitive load and follow dyslexia friendly strategies;
  • Children with SEND have a Pupil Passport which identifies approaches and strategies to be used which will help them to succeed;
  • For children with Education, Health and Care Plans there may be 1:1 adult support in lessons.

The School recognises that while a child may have additional needs in one area of the curriculum they may well have skills and talents which allow them to shine and be successful in another and this is to be celebrated.