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Art Intent 


At Summerfield Primary School we strongly feel Art provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. Art is a personalised tool for each individual child to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of drawing, painting, exploring colour, texture, form and manipulation of materials, and pattern. Our Art curriculum empowers our children to develop and extend their own individual skills, and express their own unique interests, thoughts and ideas – not to mention illuminate their individuality.  

Art and craft manifests some of the most phenomenal forms of human creativity.  A rich and superior art and design curriculum allows children to explore and create pieces of art and craft that exhibits their knowledge and skills. 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. 

Above all – Art allows our children to experiment in a ‘safe’ environment where there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ results, thus, both self-expression and self-esteem may be enhanced.  


Art Implementation.  


The teaching and implementation of the Art Curriculum at Summerfield Primary School is based on the National Curriculum 2014. The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. The work of famous local, national and international artists is  

explored to enhance the children's learning as well as other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school.   

The teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum follows;  


  • All children follow a program of progressive skills in art and design.  These take place in discrete art and design lessons and also as a means of communication in other wider curriculum subjects.   


  • Wherever possible first hand experiences and real things are used to stimulate art and design activities. Teaching is done in whole class groups followed by group and individual work. New techniques and skills are modelled and examples of work are shown to the children.    

  • In group and individual work, pupils have the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop ideas and techniques. They are also involved in evaluating their work, celebrating success and identifying areas for improvement.   


  • Art activities are differentiated to ensure that all pupils can access the tasks and have an appropriate level of challenge. Pupils with particular talents are given opportunities to extend them. Opportunities for using and extending art skills are built into lessons in other subjects.    


  • At Summerfield Primary School we ensure that children also have access to contemporary (20th and 21st century) artists as well as more traditional ones, that are perhaps more relevant to children today.   


  • Cross curricular opportunities for further learning and development in the arts are built into planning of all subjects as a means of enhancing the children’s learning opportunities. These may be in the form of visiting performing arts groups, museums, galleries and other venues.   


Early Years Foundation Stage 

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to: 

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials 

  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects. 

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas 

  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose 

  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately 

  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary 


Art Impact 


Each pupil will;   


  • experience a broad, balanced arts curriculum, with an emphasis on the development of understanding and skills in art and design. 

  • experience the art through other areas of the curriculum.    

  • be given a wide range of opportunities to express themselves creatively.    

  • develop a sense of critical thinking about their own and others’ art work 

  • become resilient in evaluating and improving their work. 

  • Children will be able to speak confidently about their work using a range of vocabulary.