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.

Curriculum Intent for Art 

At Heckington St. Andrew’s Primary School we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.   We believe that it provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and provides an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

We believe that high-quality art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding.   We use the National Curriculum guidelines in order to develop our art curriculum and we provide children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials.

Our curriculum enables children to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and they are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.  It will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists and designers throughout history.

At Heckington St. Andrew's, we ensure that the skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

We believe that it is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this.

In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving.   This should be meaningful and continuous thorughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection.   Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and the reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.