Art & Design

Art Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Corlett

Response to Covid-19

Due to the 2021 national lockdown, we are now teaching Art lessons remotely. To support with the delivery of this at home, the long-term plan has been adapted so that the tasks and activities set can be carried out easily whether your child is in school or learning from home.

All year groups will complete a collage unit during Spring 1. This unit will continue to follow our progression of lessons and skills and has been adapted to ensure all pupils can join in. Please refer to the year groups pages to see updates on the weekly work completed.
With regard to assessment, when the children return back to school, they will participate in an art day where they will have the opportunity to create their final piece of work for the unit and then be asked to take a quiz based on the skills used in order for the class teacher to assess their learning within the unit.


The intent of the Art Curriculum at Hindsford is to provide plenty of opportunities for the children to learn, apply and strengthen the key elements of:








It is also the intent of the Art Curriculum to provide the children with knowledge of different artists which they can draw inspiration and technique from as well as enjoy the cultured world of art by visiting art galleries and working with artists in school.

In addition, the school aims to develop the children’s use and understanding of technical vocabulary associated with this subject. This is so that the children can articulate the skills / techniques that they have applied, the equipment that they have used and an explanation what their art work represents.


In Early Years, the children develop essential basic skills in Art and Design which prepares them for their transition into Year 1. This is by the teacher creating many opportunities for the children to carry out creative activities across all areas of learning.

By the End of Early Years, it is expected that the children will be able to:

  • Explore what happens when they mix colours.

  • Experiment to create different textures.

  • Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects.

  • Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.

  • Select appropriate resources and adapt work where necessary.

  • Select tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.

From Year 1 upwards, the children will engage in three art units a year which will involve the children researching artist’s work, practising skills, designing, making and evaluating. To ensure the quality of the teaching and learning in each area of the curriculum, the school provides staff with an Art Workshop once every term led by a local artist.


In this type of session, the children will explore an artist’s work linked to their unit.

Pupils will start to build on their understanding of an art work by critiquing a chosen piece. Starting by describing exactly what they see in the piece, interpreting what they think the piece is about, judging it based on their own opinions and what they have learnt and finally analysing the elements of art used to produce the piece.

Practising Skills

During this session, the children will engage in practical activities to practise the necessary skills that they will need when completing their final piece of work. This may be a new skill or a skill previously practised but that required more practise.


The children will draw/sketch their design and annotate this with information about their design such as, what features they have included in their design.

During this lesson the children will also answer questions such as:

  • What materials will I need?

  • What colours will I use?

  • What technical skills will I need to practise before making the product? (Some of these may have been previously taught skills which need refreshing or be completely new)


The children make their final piece.


The children will not only evaluate the overall effectiveness of their final piece of work but also the skills that they applied. This will be recorded individually in their Art Sketch Book.

Below is a copy of the long term plan for Art & Design:

Below is a copy of the progression in skills for Art & Design.

Below is a copy of the Art & Design National Curriculum.

To ensure that:

  • The children remember the long-term content.

  • The children understand that they are systematically learning.

  • The children can integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.


The intended impact of the Art Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. (At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessment linked to the progression in skills document)

In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:

  • are inspired by the Art Curriculum and want to learn more.

  • show the progression in their skills, knowledge and understanding in the work in their books.

  • can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.

  • can identify some key artists and talk about their work.

Art Club catch up:

In our after school art club children will be revisiting skills missed during lock down.

Art Gallery:

Spring 2021

During Lock down, all year groups completed a collage topic.

Autumn 2020

During Autumn term, years 1, 3 and 5 have completed a Drawing unit. Below, you can see the work completed and the progression of skills from KS1 to UKS2.

During Autumn term, years 2, 4 and 6 have completed a Painting unit. Below, you can see the work completed and the progression of skills from KS1 to UKS2.

Below, we can see the progression of skills that we have been looking at in our Printing unit.

Artist Research:

Observational Sketches:

Practising of key skills for relief printing and mono printing:

Key Stage 1 and 2 used bubble wrap, corrugated card, netting and leaves to create relief prints.

So far, year 5 have used their observational sketches to practise impressed printing using a styrofoam printing block to create a repeating pattern.

Year 6 have made a fantastic start to their printing unit by combining relief and impressed printing techniques and mono printing to produce prints that are inspired by Janet Dickson and the poppy symbol associated with WW1.

Below are some examples of work that was completed in KS1 and KS2 during 2019 – 2020.


Year 1:

Year 2:


Year 3:


Year 4:

Year 5:

Year 6:


Below are some examples of work that was completed in KS1 and KS2 during 2018 – 2019.

Colour Mixing

Portrait Drawing

Pupil Voice:

Following the collage unit of work, some of the children took part in a pupil voice about their learning. Here are some of their comments:

“I liked this work because we learnt how to rip, tear and layer different materials.” (Year 3 Pupil)

“My favourite part of this unit was the wax resist work that we did. I liked the pattern that I created using different lines and shapes.” (Year 4 Pupil)

“I was really proud of my final piece of work. I used lots of different materials such as tissue paper, cellophane, wrapping paper and foil to create a picture of a Viking Ship. I had to rip the paper and then place it carefully on top of top of each so that I created a layered effect.” (Year 5 Pupil)

“I made a collage picture using rough and smooth materials.” (Year 1 Pupil)

“I liked learning about the artist Clare Youngs who is an artist that works with paper and fabric.” (Year 2 Pupil)

 Staff Training:

(In order of most recent)

April 2021: Whole school Zoom staff training on the progression of skills in sculpturing using clay.

December 2020: Wet Felting refresher for year 2, 4 and 6 ready for Spring 1 topic.

January 2020: Art Staff Meeting with Ursula Hurst – Launching the Printmaking Unit of Work.

September 2019: Art Staff Meeting with Artist Ursula Hurst – Launching the Collage Unit of Work.

June 2019: Consortium Curriculum Leader Meeting – Art Moderation

May 2019: Consortium Curriculum Leader Meeting – Developing an Art Glossary

May 2019: Art Staff Meeting with Artist Ursula Hurst – Launching the felting unit of work (Textiles).

February 2019: Consortium Pupil Art Competition – Curriculum Leader Meeting – What does an expected piece of work look like?

January 2019: Art Staff Meeting with Artist Ursula Hurst – Launching the Colour Mixing Unit of Work (Painting).

October 2018: Consortium Curriculum Leader Meeting – Sharing Good Practice.


September 2018: Art Staff Meeting with Artist Ursula Hurst – Launching the Portrait Unit of Work (Drawing).

July 2018: 1:1 Curriculum Leader Support Day – Planning a New Art Curriculum.


Art Risk Assessment:

Click on the button below to view the Art Risk Assessment that we use in school to ensure that all of our Art lessons are safe.