Art and Design

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Bleak Hill Primary School understands that Art and Design allows pupils to solve problems, think creatively and develop ideas. Art and Design offers pupils a chance to use creative thinking and activity within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. Our school is committed to nurturing pupils’ curiosity and creativity, as well as preparing them for living in a modern world where technology is rapidly changing and advancing.

By teaching Art and Design, we aim to help pupils develop their design and making skills by developing their knowledge and understanding of designs and technologies. In our lessons, we experiment with a wide range of tools and materials whilst teaching about working safely and using protective measures. Children will work individually and collaboratively with other pupils in a variety of contexts. We develop children’s capability to create products of a high standard through skills and understanding when learning how to draw, paint, sculpture and create art. Finally, we teach children how to effectively evaluate their work and the work of their peers, as well as other artists.

Following the National Curriculum as a basis, teaching all statutory content, with a half term dedicated to Art & Design teaching every term (3 half terms per year group).

Topics build systematically on previous topics which contain over-arching transferable concepts. 

Skills to apply previous knowledge to new learning (across topics and year groups).

5 core concepts visited and revisited throughout school: 

Abstract Art & Interpretation




Painting & Printing 

Key historical figures considered as wider curriculum links each term including famous creators per year group.

Retrieval based learning techniques for every lesson in the sequence.


Peer and self-assessment from the children to express their views and opinions of their own art work and art work and techniques of others used.

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