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Art and Design



The intent of the art and design curriculum at Greenacres is to give the children the knowledge, skills and techniques to explore a range of different artforms and media including drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, printing and digital media.


Techniques and styles of art change over time depending on external influences, key historic changes and artists own view of what is important to capture in their own work.  We introduce different traditions and cultures throughout our curriculum plan so children can have a clear understanding of how art has changed and what impact it has had through the legacy of different artists and periods.


The aim is for children to be able to explore ideas, emotions, images and designs through a creative approach to art.  Such expression is a personal response to a stimulus and as such children are encouraged to master techniques used by other artists in order to create their own unique and individual work of art.  We are keen to show that every person is an artist and, regardless of their ability to draw, they can achieve incredibly impactful outcomes, which can be shared with an audience.


We intend that children's art work will go on display.  This may be in their own class, around the school, on the website, as an art exhibition or in another setting such as a museum or gallery locally.  We encourage children to produce art for a purpose and will take the opportunity to involve children in local competitions or shows.


Within the art progression document, we identify a range of artists, which the children are encouraged to learn about.  Some of these artists are repeated throughout the curriculum so children can explore the broad range of their work and recap on prior knowledge and learning.





Our art progression document sets out the journey through school of each child as an artist.  The document identifies key outcomes, vocabulary, knowledge and skills, whilst linking to a focal artist or period of art work.

Our curriculum plan covers art traditions from the Ancient Egyptians to modern day graffiti artists such as Banksy.  


Our overview long term plan for art is set out below:

Year A

Year Group





Knock, knock, whose there?

What’s inside?

At the bottom of the Garden


Animal sculptures – Iron works, Oswestry. Lois Ehlert – illustrator/author of Leaf man. Da Vinci – Mona Lisa

Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s – portraits

Painting, shapes, repeated pattern, colour

3D sculpture

Featured artist


Sculpture using natural resources.

Featured artist Andy Goldsworthy



Let’s remember


Flight: Up, up and beyond


Felting/ 3D modelling - poppies

Feature artist – Karen Wyeth/ Claude Monet


Aboriginal art works -

Featured artist Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri

3D models  

Flying transport through time

Featured artist - Wright brothers



Ancient Greece

Borders and boundaries



Clay sculpture – pots, painting depicting life in Ancient Greece

Featured period – Ancient Greece

Printing and pattern

Illuminated scripts and book art.  Celtic crosses – printing and pattern. Featured period – Anglo-Saxons

3D sculpture – recycling materials

Feature artist – Henry Moore sculpture

Mid KS2

Extreme Environments

The Arrival

The Nile


Snowscapes –paintings

Featured artist - Pieter Bruegel the Elder 

Painting/digital media

Works of art depicting migration – Featured artist - Banksy


Clay. Canopic vases

Featured period – Ancient Egypt



The Home Front

Theory of Evolution


Portraits linked to diversity


Propaganda pictures

Featured artist – Henry Moore

Painting/ sculpture

Featured artist - Charles Darwin

Year B

Year Group





Superhero me!

On the Farm

Rumble in the Jungle

Motion in the ocean


Portrait painting

Self portrait

3D sculpture/ painting

Featured artist – Meg Hawkins (Shrewsbury artist)

Painting/ collage

Featured artist – Henri Rousseau – tiger in jungle


Fire, Fire!

Houses and homes

Seaside rescue



3D houses and models

Feature artist – Christopher Wren

Landscape painting

Feature artist – Van Gogh


Print/ Environmental art

Featured artist – Andy Goldworthy


Stone to Iron Age



Virconium- Roman Britain


Textiles – dye and weaving


Printing and digital media – wrappers and containers

Featured artist – Andy Warhol/ Pop Art

Mosaics/ collage

3D sculpture

Relief wall art.

Roman art

Mid KS2





Viking/Anglo Saxons


Textiles – Banners

Portraits and symbolism


Painting landscapes

Featured artist - JMW Turner


Knowledge and skills progression in Art

The children will explore art techniques that have been used for thousands of years and will be able to find out and explore up to date works such as digital media and environmental artists.  We aim to offer the broadest experience of art techniques and works of art so every child will be able to identify an area which they have strengths in and produce work that they are proud of.

Where we are able to, we will identify local artists that can come into school and work with the children to create pieces of work, sharing their own knowledge, skills and passion for art and design.

It is important that children see, experience and create pieces of art which are different sizes and scales.  This may include designing a large whole class sculpture or embroidery piece of work, creating a mural for school or visiting a gallery to see paintings and art works of varying sizes.  


Every child will have the equivalent of an hour of art each week.  On occasions this may be blocked into one week including several sessions or could be once a week over a half term.


Art will be delivered through a range of activities including practising techniques, producing a sketch book of ideas and designs, reviewing the work of another artist, planning their own ideas and producing a final piece of art work.  Through these steps children will be encouraged to explore line, tone, texture, shape and form in a wide range of art works.



Art is assessed in a variety of ways to ensure every child is achieving are related expectations.

These include:

  • Self-evaluation of finished art pieces against a success criteria.
  • Peer evaluation of final pieces and sketch book planning, design and techniques.
  • Teacher assessment for learning through questioning, pupil conferences, verbal feedback.
  • Assessment against the progression maps.


This information is tracked by class teachers to ensure children achieve to their full potential.


Sketch books will move with the child into their new class each year.  This should then give a clear evidence base for how the child’s abilities and grasp of techniques has developed and progressed over time.


Our moderation and monitoring timetable will include opportunities for subject leaders to review planning, sketch books and displays around school to ensure there is progression in art work and that pitch and expectations are consistent with the age and stage of learning each class is at.