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Art and Design

Art and Design



At Westhouses School our art and design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Children will be empowered to think creatively and critically. They will investigate and evaluate a wide range of artists and creative mediums from the past and present to develop rigorous understanding of 6 key disciplines within art, craft and design. These are: painting, 3D (sculpture), textiles, printing and collage.



The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

-evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

-know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


In order to ensure our Art scheme is meeting the aims of the National Curriculum, we have planned our schemes to follow three strands of learning: Generating ideas and designing, Making and Skills Development, and Reflection. Each topic will focus on one of 6 chosen key areas of Art: drawing, printing, 3D (sculpture), textiles, painting and collage. These Art and Design techniques will be the focus of a particular ‘topic’ although many of the skills will feature across the Arts curriculum that we provide.


In EYFS, the children will have suggested activities which will complement the topic they are learning about. These activities will provide the children with opportunities to explore each of the 6 areas of Art studied in KS1 and KS2 every term. They will be encouraged through conversations and adult led play to generate ideas, make art and develop skills and celebrate their art work.


In KS1, each unit of learning will be the following three strands:

1.            Generating ideas and designing – The children will learn about the work of an artist, craft maker or designer, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines. They will go onto generate ideas and design their own piece of art making links to the Artist they have studied.

2.            Making and Skills Development – Using ideas from strand 1 to make art in different ways, aiming to develop a range of techniques (such as colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space) in their study of one of the 6 art skills. They will use a range of materials across the 6 schemes of learning. 

3.            Reflection and Celebration – Assessment should be a holistic practice encouraging children to reflect upon what they have made and what they may do next.


In KS2, similarly each unit of learning will be following the following three strands:

1.            Generating ideas and designing – the children will learn about a great artist, architect and/or designer in history. Following their study, they will go onto use their sketch books to record their observations, generate ideas and design a piece of art.

2.            Making and Skills Development – Using ideas from strand 1 to make art in different ways, aiming 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. Through making, they will improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

3.            Reflection and Celebration– Children will assess their art work, using their sketchbooks to review and revisit ideas. Reflection will continue to be a holistic process encouraging the children to reflect on what inspired them, and how their artwork may change.

Each scheme refers to the Westhouses Art and Design progression map, to ensure that all staff are aware of pupils’ prior skills development, and how their Art skills can be further developed in their current year group in the Art skill they are studying.



The impact of the Art & Design scheme can be monitored through formative and summative assessment opportunities. At the end of and during each lesson, teachers encourage children to reflect on their own learning and encourage self-reflection to assess their own learning against the objective. Furthermore, at the end of each year, teachers will use their teacher judgements against our Art & Design progression documents to complete a summative assessment in order to track progress across year groups and over time.


After the implementation of our Art & Design scheme, pupils should leave school equipped with a range of art skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education. The expected impact of the scheme of work is that children will:

-Have an appreciation for artists from the past and present, their art and process of creating art,

-Understand how to use and experiment with a range of materials and resources to create art,

-Be able to build on and apply a repertoire of art skills in drawing, painting, printing, 3D (sculpture), collage and textiles.  

- Self-evaluate and reflect on learning at different stages and identify areas to improve.

-Be able to find enjoyment in the process of creating something original,

- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Art & Design.


We cannot upload our full scheme to the website due to copyright. If you would like to view this, please contact the office.

Artsmark Stories - Westhouses Primary School

We took a visit to Westhouses Primary School, Alfreton to see how Artsmark has enriched the lives of pupils and teachers, and has also helped shape the school curriculum. Part of our #CelebrateArtsmark week.

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