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Art & Design


The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences.
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms within a wider social and historical context.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Wateringbury CE Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured and deep learning approach to this creative subject.

Frequent use of sketchbooks to use art as a way to understand, communicate, invent and record ideas and is promoted in both KS1 and KS2. Sketchbooks should be seen as being part of a process through which ideas are collected, developed, researched and reviewed.

Children should be taught skills that they can experiment with and should always have mark making activities to explore different mediums and what they can do with them. Children are given opportunities to be creative and are able to make choices about their work and learning. Children are implicitly taught the value of observations and how this can be used in their drawing and beyond. Each Art lesson begins with a 10 minute sketch as we believe that the development of these skills throughout the school is an integral part of our curriculum. Throughout their time at Wateringbury, children should be given opportunities to develop their own artistic style rather than all children being told to draw and create the same thing in the same style.

Opportunities for children to visit art galleries and exhibitions are encouraged. Children will exhibit their art work, both at school and in the local community and develop a sense of pride in their own work.

When possible, art clubs will be run to provide extra opportunities for children keen to develop their art skills.


Art threshold concepts:

  • Develop ideas

    This concept involves understanding how ideas develop through an artistic process.

  • Master techniques

    This concept involves developing a skill set so that ideas may be communicated.

  • Take inspiration from the greats

    This concept involves learning from both the artistic process and techniques of great artists and artisans throughout history.

The essential characteristics of Wateringbury artists:

  • The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.

  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.

  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.

  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.

  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.

  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.

  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.

  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.

  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.

  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.