Art and Design

My name is Mrs Griffin and I am the subject leader for Art and Design at Bleak Hill Primary School. I am passionate about all forms of Art and Design, I particularly love sketching and using my sketch book to gather ideas and explore. I believe that children should have opportunities to express themselves freely and creatively, enabling them to reach their potential.

With this in mind, we have carefully planned our art and design curriculum at Bleak Hill Primary School to offer a high-quality art and design education which enables children to be inspired, allow them to think innovatively and develop an artistic process. We want to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, crafts and design. They will become critical thinkers by assessing their own work and the work of others. The children will learn develop their work by creating a number of drafts, leading up to a final piece.

Please take a look at out vision, intent, implementation & impact. You will also find documents relating to our curriculum below! 

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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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