Curriculum  »  Art


Art and Design is a medium that is accessible to all: children can engage with, be inspired by and be motivated to create works of art. Our Art curriculum has been developed to: 

  • Challenge children’s knowledge and skills whilst motivating children to experiment

  • Develop children’s ability to reflect and record their experiences

  • Inspire children to invent and create their own works of art

  • Allow children to think critically about art and art History

  • Study a range of artists and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms 

  • Consider the mood of a variety of art pieces and reflect in their own thoughts and feelings


As children progress through school, our Art and Design curriculum is taught in all year groups through one strand per term: sculpture, drawing and painting. They are taught to use art specific language to discuss and explain their thinking whilst developing their subject knowledge.  Throughout each block of learning children are taught how to use a sketchbook. Within this process they:

  • learn about and analyse the work of artists

  • explore techniques and mediums 

  • develop their critique skills

  • articulate their views and opinions

  • learn to be reflective and resilient in the development of their art work

                                                                      LKS2 Mixed Media

Children enjoy first hand-experiences -  working with natural materials, exploring art with local artists and enjoying visits to local art galleries and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Children learn a range of skills, with each strand building on the techniques from previous lessons whilst also developing new skills. In the summer term each year, the children also study an artist so that throughout their primary curriculum they will explore and learn about the art work of a range of artists, developing their knowledge of key points in art history and across a range of cultures. As a celebration and end point to each year, children enjoy an art exhibition. This provides an opportunity for children to evaluate their work and to experience first-hand the joy of sharing their art with the school community.
KS1 Outcomes - Autumn Sculpture Curriculum - Pottery

To help embed Art into our curriculum, we offer children the opportunity to gain an Arts Award, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry. Through the Arts Award, children have the opportunity to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities

  • experience arts events

  • develop creative and communication skills

  • explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world

  • gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment

Art is embedded in our school life. We celebrate the work created in our Art lessons and put an examplar of our children's work into our Art Gallery each half-term. The Art Gallery also features work that has been completed in Breakfast Club, Art History after-school clubs and lunch-time activities. Oakwell Rise Art Gallery is beside our IT Suite and parents/carers are welcome to peruse the artwork during Pride Awards. 

As part of our celebration, we also hold a half-termly Arts Assembly. Families are invited to attend this assembly to see the artwork created by each child during the course of the half-term. We have a range of artwork on display from clay sculptures to sketchbook exploration to 2D final pieces. We extend the invitation to all family members to help celebrate our Art work and Art culture.
Stop Motion Animation Projects

Our Lower Key Stage 2 students worked alongside Open College of the Arts to create these wonderful animations.