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Forest Town

Primary School

Belong, Aim High, Succeed

Art and Design

'Every child is an artist'

Pablo Picasso

Art and Design is an important part of our curriculum as it provides a means of expression for all children. It is a practical subject which stimulates creativity and imagination through the use of a wide range of materials. We develop pupil’s skills by looking at various artists, craft makers and designers that are closely linked to our topics. Children are taught about different cultures and Art and Design throughout history. We encourage children to become their own artists and challenge them to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.


By the time our children leave us at the end of KS2 we would like to ensure that all children become:

  • Adventurous and create imaginative pieces of work using the techniques they have learnt and developed.
  • Independent and create their own unique style.
  • Responsible for their work and talk about how they were influenced to create their final outcomes.
  • Students who persevere and develop different techniques and skills.
  • Able to work together to reflect on their own and others work using kindness and constructive feedback.

Art and Design Curriculum Intent

Art and Design Progression Map

Glossary and Terms

Art and Design in Foundation

Year 1 - Dinosaur Sculptures with Darrell Wakelam

During the Autumn term, Year 1 learnt all about sculpture. They experimented with playdough and different tools to create 3D sculptures. They then had an exciting workshop with the sculptor Darrell Wakelam who showed the children some of his work. He demonstrated how to create a dinosaur sculpture using recycled materials and tissue paper to create texture and colour. To complete their final piece, the children learnt about the primary colours and how to mix them to help create a background for their 3D sculpture.




Year 1 - Summer Term

Year 2 - Famous Aviators

During the Autumn term, Year 2 started their Art and Design topic by working on their drawing techniques. They created different lines and learnt how to select them for different purposes. After developing these skills, they then used them to create texture. Honey and Sand Badgers had the opportunity to look at a range of famous portraits from throughout history. They were able to express their opinions on them and explain what media had been used. After looking at famous portraits, the children learnt how to create a self-portrait using the correct proportions. Finally, Year 2 experimented with charcoal and then created a portrait of their chosen aviator. Everyone has been amazed with the fantastic portraits of Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright and Amelia Earhart that the children created.

Year 2 - L.S. Lowry

During the Spring term, Year 2 enjoyed experimenting with different sketching pencils before using them to sketch a building in the local area. They learnt about the artist L.S. Lowry and how he only used 5 different colours to paint his landscapes. The children looked at how to create secondary colours, tints and shades before sketching in the style of L.S. Lowry. Finally, they created a picture of their local area that was inspired by L.S. Lowry.


Year 2 - Art from around the world


During the Summer term, Year 2 looked at a range of African prints and discussed the use of colour, pattern and shape. The children then evaluated the different prints. Year 2 experimented with printmaking. They used a range of natural and manmade objects, fruit and vegetables and different printing blocks. Finally they designed and made two different printing blocks. They used these with paints and inks to create their own African inspired prints. After they had completed their prints, they looked at how to use tone effectively in their sketches of Artic animals. They then looked at a range of Inuit sculptures of animals and then used clay to create their own.  


Year 3 - Who has been inspired by the natural world?

Year 4 - What makes art great? 

Year 5 - Can I make art without a paintbrush? 

Year 6 - Can religion be expressed through art and architecture?

Year 6 began their project by looking at different architecture and improving their drawing skills by experimenting with different lines, shades of pencils and creating different effects e.g. blending, dashing, smudging and dashing. They used these skills and observational skills to sketch a mosque before using this to create a silhouette using different shades of colour to create a sunset. Year 6 then looked at stained glass windows and what they express e.g. a story, a person important to the religion or a communication of a religious message. Using what they had learnt, they created their own stained glass geometric design using tissue paper. After learning about geometric, repeating patterns, the children created their own printing block and produced a print on fabric. To end the topic, Year 6 created a clay tile using what they had learnt about pattern and shape.