Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together


At Hayesdown First School art should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to: fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum for art and design, provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills, enable children to observe and record from first-hand experience and from imagination, develop the children’s competence in controlling materials and tools, acquire knowledge and become proficient in various art and design techniques and processes, begin to develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including; colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space, foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople and designers, increase critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures, and analyse works using the language of art and design and develop a cross-curricular approach to the use of art and design in all subjects.

Art and design teaching at Hayesdown First School instills an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts.  Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern.  Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about and appreciating the work of artists, they can explore the impact that art has on us as individuals.

The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:

  • To 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.
  • As pupils progress through school, they should begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, and sculpture
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Our Art and Design curriculum links with our school’s REACH values in the following ways:

RESPONSIBLE: Children develop a sense of responsibility for developing their own creative language with which to explore various artistic techniques and styles
ENTHUSIASTIC: Children engage in practical activities and explore works of art by significant historical and contemporary artists
AMBITIOUS: Children learn about people and places beyond their everyday experiences, therefore developing the cultural capital to be successful in life
CONFIDENT: Children are confident to express opinions and to take risks in their artwork exploring ideas through experimentation and refinement
HAPPY & HEALTHY: Children feel happy knowing that they can express themselves

Reading at the Heart of our Curriculum:

Art supports our school’s aim to place “Reading at the Heart of Hayesdown” by providing opportunities to develop new vocabulary and apply this learning both in written and verbal activities such as discussing the work of artists or evaluating their own pieces.

The Long Term Overview for Art can be found here: Art Curriculum Overview

Art Skills Progression can be found here: Art Skills Progression

Skills Family Trees for Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.