Art & Design


As a school, we believe that art and design is a vital and integral part of children’s education. It provides children with the opportunities to develop in a range of ways in which they can share and express their individual creativity, whilst learning about and making links with a wide spectrum of different types of art in our society. The teaching of art enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them.

Our art and design curriculum aims to develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages and experiences through studying and developing their knowledge of a diverse range of male and female artists and designers.

The aim of the art and design curriculum is that children develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequence of lessons, which provide skills and knowledge progression. Understanding of the key elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, space, shape and form) is developed with the provision of an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential. In addition, the skills that the children acquire are linked to their cross-curricular topics (history/geography), allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth.

The main focus of our art and design curriculum is in developing proficiency in drawing, painting, understanding colour and shade and sculpture, with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design.

Overall the art and design curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.


The teaching and implementation of the art and design curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and carefully thought out sequence of lessons, linked to cross-curricular topics (history/geography), allowing children to develop their knowledge further and explore topics in greater depth.


We focus on the four distinct progress objectives:

  1. Generating Ideas: Showing: complexity, research, observation, originality, perception, aspiration, creativity
  2. Making: Showing: technique, skill, control, complexity, mastery, quality, judgement, creativity
  3. Evaluating: Showing: judgement, autonomy, independence, perception, subtlety
  4. Knowledge: Showing: breadth, contextual understanding, explanation, judgement.

      Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are 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.

Lessons are taught in blocks on a half termly basis (alternating with D&T). Art and design lessons and activities are planned to include all children by using a range of approaches, such as questioning, use of equipment and mixed ability groupings to enable children to offer peer support. Lessons are planned to facilitate the best possible outcome for all children within the class. In order to enhance their learning further, children develop their knowledge of art and design by studying a range of male and female artists including famous, local, national and international artists. Children are encouraged to develop their language of art when analysing the work of other artists, their own work, as well as the work of their peers. During art and design lessons, after developing their knowledge of artists, examples of art and vocabulary, the children are provided with the opportunity to develop their skills and apply what they have learnt. The children are able to express their creative imagination and have the opportunity to practise and develop mastery in areas of art such as drawing, painting and sculpture.

In order to show progression, the key focus areas we teach the children are:

  • Drawing (including pencils, fine line pens, charcoal, oil pastels and colouring pencils)
  • Painting (including the use of a range of brushes, sponges and rollers)
  • Sculpture (including the use of clay, wire, cardboard and papier-mâché)

Due to alternating lessons with D&T (on a half termly basis), the children have the opportunity to explore other mediums, such as collage, printing and chalk, through schools displays, visitors with artists and our Art Week exhibition; these are excellent ways of celebrating the children’s work.

The evidence of the children’s work is collected within their art book which follows them through the school. Photographs of larger, group or 3D pieces are also recorded in the children’s art books (including work in progress photographs). Frequent book looks take place to ensure that progress in the art books is evident.


The pupils’ art books demonstrate that control and technique with media, such as pencil and paint, improve significantly through their time at Rokesly. Their art books provide a journal to record observations; they are used to review and revisit ideas. The art books will contain experimentation, photographs and reflections, showing ideas and development, and not just final pieces. 

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Children’s use of accurate technical vocabulary
  • Children’s discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work
  • Children becoming more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art
  • Children showing competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work
  • Displays across the school and our Art Week exhibition (which provide the children to apply their learning as well as experiment with a range of other mediums, such as collage, print and charcoal)
  • Work in art books (progression in skills)
  • Assessments involving observations of the children working during lessons (assessing knowledge, understanding and skills)
  • Assessments grids completed on the four stages: generating ideas, making, knowledge and evaluation, which teachers update once every term.
  • A passion for the subject.
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