Hey with Zion Primary School

Art & Design

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education 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.

As pupils progress, they should be able 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.


Our 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.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Enquiry-based and Literacy-loaded curriculum
We are increasingly following a Literacy-loaded and enquiry-based approach to the study of our foundation subjects. This means that where appropriate, activities will link with aspects of core texts covered in English lessons, adding context and depth to the learning, and will be framed in ways which heighten children's engagement. Our children tell us that this helps them greatly: http://heywithzion.primaryblogger.co.uk/2018/11/29/thinking-about-thinking/

Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils will be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key stage 2

Pupils will be taught 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.

Pupils should be 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 (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Our whole school overview:

Key Stage One

English artists- e.g. Constable, Turner, Blake, Banksy et alia
Art in the style of… class artist
Art in the Environment- Andy Goldsworthy, Henry Moore

Drawing techniques
L.S. Lowry
Art in the style of… class artist
Impressionist (and post impressionist) artists (Monet to Van Gogh and beyond)

Lower Key Stage Two

Aboriginal Art (Australia)
Art in the style of… class artist
Picasso- drawings, paintings and sculpture

How Faith has inspired artists
Art in the style of… class artist
Buildings and Art- chronological representations of; classic architecture; drawings, paintings and sculptures of

Upper Key Stage One

Portraiture- including Rembrandt
Art in the style of… class artist
Giacometti- inspired sculptures
Giacometti- inspired sculptures
Mathematical Art
Art technique development for school exhibition