Our Art and Design curriculum has been designed to engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

The curriculum provides children with knowledge through structured teaching, which builds on prior learning leading the way to new opportunities to innovate in provision.  As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will have a better understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our teaching of Art and Design is through structured discrete lessons where knowledge of concepts and skills are taught with inspiration from cultural and historical development.

These are the key concepts which underpin the milestones we teach and revisit to make connections and build mastery:

  • To develop ideas and processes via the use of emotions, visual language and vocabulary.
  • To master practical skills in techniques, colour, effects, media and material.
  • To take inspiration from both current and historic styles, periods and artists.
  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • To know about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing then differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

In terms of art and artists we begin by looking at the worlds most recognised, spanning across history from Da Vinci to Banksy as well as explore artists from Britain such as Antony Gormley and European artists such as Salvadore Dali, Monet and Van Gogh. We will also be introducing the children to work of artists from further afield such as the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. We will look at importance of art in society, modern art and art in our locality.

Children have the opportunity to experiment, invent and create through our continuous provision encouraging endless open-ended possibilities. Challenges are built and interleaved to stimulate and support children of all abilities. The provision provides children the on-going opportunity to revisit and embed skills and evaluate their work using language of art and design.

Art and Design skills are revisited in both years as well as built upon from the Foundation stage to ensure progression and enable children to build an art and design schema moving their learning from working in to long term memory.

Our assessment system ensures that teachers and pupils assess throughout the lesson which is reflected through discussion about their learning, ideas, processes and evaluations. The impact of our curriculum demonstrates that by the end of the key stage, the vast majority of children have sustained mastery of the subject.  We track carefully through POP (Proof Of Progress) tasks to ensure children reach the expectations of our curriculum.

Our long term impact would be for our children to understand the opportunities there are in the field of art and design in terms of careers such as fashion design, furniture design, illustrating and interior design. Careers which may not yet be part of their cultural capital.

Whole school overview

Learning in Class

As part of Design and Technology The Gems have been making Pop Up Cards at home. They have followed the instructions carefully and produced some beautiful designs. Well done to Aaliyah, Khadeejah N, Khadijah S, Madina, Musa, Sania and Sarah for these!

Places to visit

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

Phoenix Arts Centre
4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG

Attenborough Arts Centre
Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA

Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB

Why not check out the street art around Leicester?
Look on this website for places to find amazing street art
Leicester Street Art & Graffiti Guide

Van Gogh Immersive Experience 
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Books to read
  • Art: A Children’s Encyclopaedia by David Taylor
  • Children’s Book of Art: An Introduction to the World’s Most Amazing Paintings and Sculptures by DK
  • 3D Art Adventures: Over 35 Creative Artist-Inspired Projects in Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles & more by Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw
  • How to Draw: Easy Techniques and Step-By-Step Drawings for Kids by Aaria Baid
  • Famous painting cards by Sarah Courtauld
  • The Art Book for children by Phaidon Editors
  • 13 Artisits Children should know by Angela Wenzel
  • Children’s book of Art by Rosie Dickins
  • Yayoi Kusama covered everything in dots and wasn’t sorry by Fausto Gilberti
  • Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew
  • Katie and the Starry Night by James Mayhew
  • Awesome Engineering Activities for kids by Christina Schul