Art & Design


At Wellington Primary School, we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education as it embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity and has a significant and valuable role to play in the taught curriculum, as well as in the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. We value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to develop curiosity, express their individual interests, thought and ideas. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. A clear progression of skills, effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences, enable children to reach their full potential.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Wellington Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and often linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. The planned topics ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, in addition to a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.

The children are taught art through termly topics, which ensure progression in skills and knowledge. The strands of art covered ensure progression and continuity across the key stages, embedding skills and allowing high levels of opportunity for children to be creative and make independent choices over resources and end-products.

Artwork is celebrated around school, in classrooms and central areas, as well as on Twitter and the school website and newsletter.

Long-Term Overview:  Art & Design

Early Years

In Early Years, pupils have daily exposure to art activities, which can be both child-initiated and adult directed activities. These activities allow the children the opportunity to explore a variety of media and materials, as well as developing fine motor and gross motor skills. They have the opportunity to learn to:

· Use different media and materials to express their ideas

· Explore the textures, movement, feel and appearance of media and materials

· Explore colour and use for a particular purpose

· Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques

· Develop their fine and gross motor skills.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught the art curriculum as well as the opportunity to further develop art skills through other curriculum areas. Pupils are taught:

· To develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

· To use drawing, painting, sculpture, collage to develop and share their ideas, imagination and experiences.

· To use a wide range of materials creatively to design and create final pieces of art.

· To learn about a range of artists, their different practices and disciplines and exploring these styles.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, pupils build on skills and techniques taught throughout EYFS and KS1 and further develop their control and use of materials with their creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art.

Pupils are taught to:

· To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting, sculpture and collage with a range of materials.

· Find out about great artists and their techniques

· To use their sketchbooks to record their ideas and use them to review and revisit ideas.


Within art and design, we strive to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enriching the children’s learning experience. Our art and design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills, and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

• Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary

• Images of the children’s practical learning.

• Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).

•Marking of work in sketch books and art portfolios

• Each child’s assessment data is regarding on the school assessment tool – O Track after each topic

· Having a bank of work from WTS, EXS and GDS within each year group to support teacher’s in their judgements.

· Track selected individuals throughout school – recognising their progression and any gaps which need rectifying.