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Howitt Primary Community School

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Art and Design

Art and Design

Statement of Intent

At Howitt Primary Community School, we believe art is an essential part of a child’s education. It provides them with opportunities to develop the ways in which they express their individual creativity and imagination. They are inspired by different types of art in our society, making links to other aspects of the curriculum. Art enables students to develop wonder and curiosity about the world around them, contributing to their independence, judgement and self-reflection. We focus on developing a proficiency in drawing and painting, a knowledge of sculpture, colour and line in order for our children to have a deep understanding, awareness and inspiration of art and design. 

The art curriculum 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. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential. 

Art and design in the National Curriculum in England

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Giving children opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, mainly within the 'expressive art and design' area of learning. Children are encouraged to practise their handling, moving and control skills (for example, by painting or using clay). Materials should be accessible for children to develop and explore their ideas and to be imaginative.

Key stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

The content of art and design teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Pupils should be given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning 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 (Years 3 to 6)

The content of the art and design curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children should develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They are expected to create sketch books to record their learning and to use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Art at Howitt Primary Community School


Art Wow Day

Sculptor – Steve Porter

All children in school took part in large sculpting activities with Steve Porter.

Art Day

10 children were selected from KS2 to take part in the Embark Federation Art Day at Smalley Richardson Endowed Primary School. Children took part in two workshops focusing on portraits and illustrations.

The portrait workshop was led by artist Sophie Edwards and the illustrations workshop was led by illustrator Lucy Truman.


Sophie Edwards & Lucy Truman

Art Week

All children across school celebrated different art and artists in our art week. Children were given the opportunity to research and learn about an artist and their style of art and then recreate it in their own way.

Artists celebrated were:

Nursery – Jackson Pollock

Reception – George Seurat

Year 1 – Andy Warhol

Year 2 – Carl Warner

Year 3 – Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Year 4 – Wassily Kandinsky

Year 5 – Keith Haring

Year 6 – David Hockney

Art at Home

Get messy!

Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops.

Recycle household things creatively

Alternatively, instead of buying materials, let them get creative using things around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue.

Keep a sketch book

Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.

Celebrate your child's art

Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.

5. Discuss and enjoy art together

Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.