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Art and Design Intent Statement


At Brookfield Community Primary school, we aim for all children to access high quality, varied art lessons that enable them to develop and explore their creativity so that they can reach and exceed their potential.


Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, collage and sculpture and are given the opportunities to explore and evaluate their ideas. Our Art curriculum encourages our children to develop these skills by exploring a range of media and materials. Children will be introduced to a broad range of different artists to develop their own styles and vocabulary. They will have the opportunities to broaden their knowledge and understanding about the differences and similarities of these artists and be able to make links to their own work.


During art lessons, children are expected to reflect and evaluate their own work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. These are invaluable skills for their future adult lives and in the world of work.


We recognise that Art is a great starting point for children to develop language and communication between their peers and members of staff when they arrive in our reception class. Therefore we allow children to express themselves through a range of different media and materials during the first year at school. We continue to foster this love of Art throughout their journey by celebrating as a school - through our corridor displays, annual whole school Art week celebration and exhibitions.


We aim for our children to meet the aims of the National Curriculum by:


  • Producing creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.


  • Becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.


  • Evaluating and analysing 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.





The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Brookfield Primary School is based on the National Curriculum, ensuring a well structured approach to this creative subject.


The children are taught Art at least 3 times a year across a broad spectrum of topics and experiences.  Areas covered include sculpture, mosaics, nature, Aboriginal art, religious art and symbols, painting, pointillism, and the works of the great and current artists. Our planning ensures that age related expectations are built on year on year and progression is clearly seen through the work in sketchbooks.


The diverse work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to inspire them, expand their knowledge and to challenge them to really think about art, how it makes them feel and the impact it can have on people. 

The children's learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.


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


Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1.  to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2.  to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3.  to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4.  about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.    


Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.


Pupils are taught:

  1.  to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2.  to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  3.  about great artists, architects and designers in history.




Our Art Curriculum results in high quality, well thought out activities that demonstrate progression and stimulate creativity.

Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this, as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.

In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

- A careful analysis of application of skills used in Art lessons;

- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;

- Pupil voice discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.

- Ongoing teacher assessments and evaluations where this information is used to inform future teaching; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.