Here at Northwood Park Primary School we believe that high-quality Art and Design lessons will engage, inspire and challenge pupils to think innovatively, use their self-expression and develop their creative understanding. Our Art and Design curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Each half-term, children will take part in Art projects that help to build the core skills of drawing, painting and sculpture whilst developing Art and Design techniques.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children then build on these skills in Key Stage One by using drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their own ideas, experiences and imagination. In Key Stage One, children begin to use sketchbooks to capture their Art journeys. Using sketchbooks helps children to develop their critical thinking skills, capture their Art progress and improve the mastery of techniques.

In Key Stage Two children continue to use sketch books to record their Art work and build upon their Art learning journey. They will continue to use drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials, building on the skills acquired in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. This helps children to improve their mastery of art and design techniques.

Children in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two will learn about great artists, architects, craft makers and designers. Children then use the techniques from these significant individuals in their own Art work. Combining both their own ideas and the ideas of others helps children to develop their own autonomy within Art; giving children the opportunity to become creative individuals.


‘Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves, and to explore what is possible. - MaryAnn F. Kohl’

“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.” -Sydney Gurewitz Clemens