Warwick Road Primary School

Exceeding Expectations


Art and Design

Art and Design

Art and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own work. 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. Art education should foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts, and a knowledge of artists.


At Warwick Road Primary School, we believe Art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. All children from Nursery to Year 6 have the opportunity to learn new art skills and techniques through a creative and exciting art curriculum. By the end of year 6, children will have learnt about the work of a variety of artists and will have a solid understanding of how art reflects and shapes the world’s history and culture.


We aim to teach the children to:

  • Provide all children with a broad and balanced education.
  • Learn about art and the appreciation of the work of other artists and crafts people from different times and cultures.
  • Develop children’s ability to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them through a variety of forms and media.
  • Develop their visual language and the ability to express their ideas and feelings in order to evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • Train children in the safe appropriate use and maintenance of tools and techniques in accordance with health and safety requirements.



All children have the right to develop artistic capability and should be taught at an appropriate level to:

  • Develop self-discipline, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Develop powers of observation both visual and tactile.
  • Gain insight into the work of artists, craft workers and designers past and present.
  • Develop aesthetic awareness.


Curriculum provision

Early Years Foundation Stage: Art plays an important part in a child’s early development. The Early Learning Goals encompass all areas of creative development.

Key Stages and 1 & 2: The programmes of study provide the basis of our art teaching; they form part of the creative curriculum planning to ensure that learning experiences and key skills are built upon coherently between year groups and key stages.

Teaching and Learning

Class teachers will plan appropriate work for their children in consultation with the school’s curriculum overviews for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Additionally, teachers will plan for areas of the Art curriculum with a half termly topic. Teachers are responsible for their own class organisation and teaching style in relation to Art and teaching methods used will vary according to the age, ability and experiences of both teacher and pupil. The class teacher is also responsible for teaching children how to use tools safely and to organise and care for materials and equipment.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.
  • Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.

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 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 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.

How effective reading can contribute to pupil progress and standards in Art and Design

Reading for information

For example, websites and books giving background information on artists and art movements.

Reading for understanding

For example, artists’ journals, sketchbooks and literature that has stimulated artwork, such as Aboriginal creation myths and their effect on Aboriginal art.

Reading instructions

For example, worksheets, how to use certain materials, health and safety notices. This session will focus on how to teach pupils to read and use these types of texts effectively in art and design.

Recommended Reading


Nature is an artist working all around us in this bold and vibrant illustrated picture book which will teach children to look for and see art all around them when they go outside. Featuring vibrant painting, printing, collage, sculpture, texture rubbing, stamps, and more, this picture book is perfect for children who like to feel and imagine art. It’s a great source of ideas for early years art, and a useful book to read with younger pupils to inspire confidence and creativity.

Nature is an Artist by Jennifer Lavellee

The Looking Book by Lucia Vinti (Ks2)

Right from the Ferris Bueler movie quote at the start: “Live moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”, this book invites young artists to embrace the world around them and have a go at everything. A diverse range of artists, such as Frida Kahlo, David Hockney and Clementine Hunter are profiled, and different locations, such as ‘in the town’, ‘at home’ and ‘going to the gallery’ are explored. At every stage there’s a practical opportunity for children to create art, with architectural observations, people watching and collage amongst just some of the activities. This is a fantastically creative and inspirational book of ideas for 7-13-year-olds. 

The Looking Book by Lucia Vinti
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