We believe that children should be given the opportunity to enjoy, discuss and respond to a variety of art, craft, and design forms. In order to achieve this, the teaching of art should be embedded within all aspects of the curriculum, as well as being taught and valued as an individual subject.


Roe Green Infant & Strathcona School plans and teaches a rich and varied arts curriculum across Key Stages, which is achieved by staff being committed to integrating art into their planning across subjects as well as ensuring that the children receive high quality art lessons that teach the skills required to build on previous knowledge.

Art enriches the quality of all our lives. It provides children with rewarding activities which aim to inform, inspire, stimulate, and encourage. We believe that it is important to expose all children to art - giving them a chance to see, hear and participate in a range of creative experiences.

Our Aims

  • To encourage the natural abilities that every child possesses in this curriculum area.

  • To help children explore the world at first hand using their senses and experimentation to gain knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live.

  • To help children to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft, and design techniques.

  • To enable children to express their ideas, feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a visual form to promote the enjoyment in all art activities.

  • To help children to develop the ability to use a sketchbook as a ‘notebook’ for ideas and observations.

  • To help children communicate confidently and develop aesthetic judgements applied to their own work, to the work of others and to the world around them.

  • To enable children to develop skills and knowledge of materials so that ideas can be generated, undertaken, and completed with success.

  • To encourage children to use increasingly expressive language and art specific vocabulary to respond to their own work and that of others in an evaluative and analytical way.

  • To teach children about great artists, craft makers and designers, and help children understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

National Curriculum Subject Content (Art & Design)

Key Stage 1 Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively 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 making links to their own work.


  • Organisation   

    1. Children are shown different techniques they can use to develop their knowledge of the subject

    2. Children are given opportunities to develop their own ideas in art using a variety of materials and tools

    3. Children are given opportunities to look at the work of famous artists and to recreate these works and interpret in their own way

    4. Children are able to use their observation skills as part of their learning, completing a range of activities

    5. Children are taught the basic skills necessary to develop/enhance their fine motor work, i.e. cutting, painting, drawing, printing, collage, clay, etc.

  • Basic skills – KS1  

    1. Children at both KS1 have sketchbooks which are used for self-assessment as well as peer and teacher assessment.

    2. Children in KS2 are able to consolidate their learning by using the techniques that were shown in KS1. They are also given the opportunity to use a wider range of resources.

    3. Children are taught the basics of using brushes, pencils, clay, etc. They are taught the language of Art and different ways of using the same equipment, i.e. Which way to use their paper to the greatest effect, How to hold their brush to get the best results, etc.


  • Cross-curricular Planning

Art lessons are planned by making links to current topics that are being taught in other subjects and each year group are given opportunities to work with as wide a range of tools and materials as possible.


Success Criteria

Pupils should make progress in -

  • Exploring and developing ideas

  • Appreciating and understanding the work of others in the past and present

  • Investigating, designing, and creating

  • Evaluating and developing work

  • Developing knowledge and understanding and the impact of their own work


To ensure this they should –

  • Develop drawing and painting skills

  • Gather resources and materials to stimulate and develop ideas

  • Use sketch books to develop ideas [this can include words and thoughts]

  • Explore and use two and three-dimensional media, working on a range of scales

  • Work collaboratively and independently

  • Develop control of media and develop physical control

  • Develop creativity and variation

  • Develop an awareness of audience

  • Create mood and effect

  • Empathise with the lives and situations of others

  • Respond to stimuli

  • Communicate emotion and ideas through different media

  • Listen with concentration and aural perception

  • Apply knowledge to their own work

  • Review and modify work as it progresses

  • Develop an understanding of artists applying knowledge to their own work

  • Respond to and evaluate their own and others’ work considering skills and the finished product

  • Work in 2D and 3D 


Assessing and Evaluating Practice

The assessment criteria is linked to:

Exploring Ideas

Developing Skills

Making, Designing, Composing

Performing, Demonstrating, Understanding



Ongoing assessment on the development and progress of these skills and attitudes will take place and the necessary support and advice will be given during each art lesson. 

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