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Teaching Art at Haselworth Primary School



 At Haselworth we aim for a high-quality art and design education that will 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, we aim for children to think critically and know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


How do we teach Art?


The aims of teaching Art in our school are:

  • To have an equal opportunity to take part in the experience art throughout their time in primary school and to develop a lifelong love of art. 
  • To express themselves creatively as individuals and within small and large groups. 
  • To enhance their artistic skills and to develop their appreciation of art in a variety of styles and from different time periods and cultures. 
  • To have the opportunity to use their artistic ability with confidence and creativity.
  • To integrate art, where practical and desirable, into other aspects of the curriculum, thus contributing to the promotion of our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development, and their key skills of communication, maths, computing, working with others, improving their own learning and performance and problem solving.


Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship

Art contributes significantly to the teaching of personal, social and health education and citizenship. Through the shared goal of producing art, children learn to work effectively independently and with other people, and to build up good relationships. Art plays an important role in personal development and building self-confidence. Participation in art and producing a particular piece is sometimes one of the most memorable things young people do at school.


Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Creating designs, sculptures and pieces of artwork can be a moving and spiritual experience. We encourage children to reflect on the important effect that art has on people's moods, senses and quality of life. It is our belief that sharing art in our community enables our pupils to share experiences and to bring joy through giving. Children at Haselworth School have the opportunity to encounter art from many cultures and, through their growing knowledge and understanding of art; they develop more positive attitudes towards other cultures and societies. At Haselworth we use a variety of art experiences to enhance our communal areas.



Art contributes significantly to the teaching of English in our school by actively promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Children use reference books, and develop research skills, when finding out about the history of art and artists. Art is also used to stimulate discussion or creative writing. Design opportunities can be encouraged with a particular focus on descriptive language Through working with others in an artistic setting, children develop their ability to communicate ideas effectively.



The teaching of art contributes to children's mathematical understanding in a variety of ways. Children who study the structure of Art are also observing patterns and processes.



Information and communication technology enhance the teaching of art, where appropriate in all key stages. Children may use computer programs to create and design.



Art provides a platform for children to express their ideas and opinions. They can listen to, discuss and understand different thoughts and views and they learn to evaluate their own and other’s work and respect their feelings.




To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art is taught through a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.


We carry out the curriculum planning in Art in three phases: long-term, medium term and short-term. The long-term plan maps out the topic covered in each term during the key stage. The subject leader works this out in conjunction with teaching colleagues in each year group.


Our medium-term plans have been written to link to the themes that are taught in each year group each term/half term. They identify skills that that are taught/practiced by children each lesson and ensure there is progress in these skills each year. We plan the learning in Art so that they build upon the prior learning of the children.


We give children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.


Class teachers complete a weekly plan for all foundation subjects. These list the specific learning objectives for each lesson and show brief details of how the lessons are to be taught. The class teacher keeps these plans on a staff shared drive.


At Haselworth Primary School we provide a variety of opportunities for Art learning inside and outside the classroom.  Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional learning outside the classroom.  At Haselworth Primary School, the children have many opportunities to experience Art on educational visits.  The children can explore Art in the local environment and galleries.


At Key Stage 1,

Pupils should 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


At Key Stage 2,

Pupils should 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 should 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 [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history


The Foundation Stage


At Haselworth we encourage the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that help reception children make sense of their world as an integral part of the school’s work. As the reception class follow the Statutory Framework for EYFS, we relate the development of the children’s Art to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals in the specific area of Expressive Arts and Design. These underpin the curriculum planning for children aged four to five. This learning forms the foundations for later work in Art. These early experiences include exploring a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art and design.

Children have a wide variety of opportunities to access art in their 'Discovery Time' through the outdoor art area and the many resources inside our EYFS classroom.


Inclusion including Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) / Pupil Premium / Higher Attainers


All children will have Quality First Teaching. At Haselworth Primary School we teach Art to all children, whatever their ability. Art forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children. Through our Art teaching, we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child’s different needs. Teachers will also take into account the targets set for individual children in their Individual Education plans.


In all classes there are children of differing ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the activities to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies


  • setting common learning activities that are open-ended and can have a variety of results;
  • setting learning of increasing difficulty;
  • setting specific learning according to individual needs and targets
  • grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each group;
  • mixed ability grouping which facilitates peer support
  • providing a range of challenges through the provision of different resources and scaffolds;
  • using additional adults to support the work of individual children or small groups.



All teaching and learning of Art will ensure that every child has the right to be included and supported as far as possible in the knowledge that there is equality in terms of opportunity, social background, race, gender and disability. Religious beliefs of pupils and their families will be respected at all times.


Assessment and Recording


Teachers assess children’s work in Art by making assessments as they observe them working during lessons. They record the progress that children make by assessing the children’s work against the learning objectives for their lessons.


Throughout the unit of work, teachers make a judgement against the National Curriculum statements and the subject’s long-term progression of skills on INSIGHT (The school’s data tracking platform used for all core and foundation subjects). A summative assessment for the subject is made at the end of each unit of learning.


Teachers then use the data that they record to plan the future work of each child and to make an annual assessment of progress for each child, as part of the annual report to parents. Each teacher passes this information on to the next teacher at the end of each year.


Health and Safety


Whilst creativity allows for personal expression, children are taught to use materials and tools with care to ensure the safety of others. They understand the need for compliance with rules to ensure that they are able to work together.




The monitoring of the standards of children’s work and of the quality of teaching in Art is the responsibility of subject leader. The work of the subject leader also involves supporting colleagues in the teaching of Art, being informed about current developments in the subject, and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school.


The subject leader has time within school in order to review evidence of the children’s work and undertake drop in visits of Art teaching across the school. The following information outlines how subject leaders monitor, evaluate and review their subject.


  • Subject Leaders use self-evaluation and write clear action plans and ensure that they are understood by all those involved in putting the plans into practice, including staff who are new to the school. These are reviewed termly and contribute to the monitoring, review and evaluation of the school development plan.
  • Subject Leaders develop a cycle of monitoring throughout the school for the academic year, ensuring that they are able to make judgements about the standards within their subject. This includes learning walks, planning and books looks and pupil conferencing.
  • Subject leaders report their impact to Governors via reports or attending FGB to present.
  • Subject Leaders ensure that teachers are clear about the teaching objectives in lessons, understand the sequence of teaching and learning in the subject, and communicate such information to pupils.
  • Subject Leaders ensure curriculum coverage, continuity and progression of skills in their subject for all pupils, including those of high achievers and those with special educational or linguistic needs;
  • Subject Leaders establish a clear, shared understanding of the importance and role of the subject in contributing to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development, and in preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
  • Subject Leaders use data effectively to identify pupils who are underachieving in the subject and, where necessary, create and implement effective plans of action to support those pupils;
  • Subject Leaders create a climate which enables other staff to develop and maintain positive attitudes towards the subject and confidence in teaching it.