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Art at Walton on the Hill Primary School stimulates creativity and imagination. We believe that Art plays an important role in increasing our children’s social and emotional well-being as well as allowing their creativity to shine.  It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world.  It enables children to communicate what they observe, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. 


Children become involved in shaping their environment through art and design and activities.  They learn how to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical designs.  They explore ideas and meanings through the work of great artists and designers.  Through learning about the roles and functions or art, they can explore the impact it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.  The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all of our lives.


Activities and themes for Art work are closely linked to the whole school curriculum overview where we have tried to establish cross curricular links with topic work covered in class as well as making sure NC skills in Art are closely embedded in work carried out in lessons in each of the key stages.


Foundation Stage – Expressive Art and Design

  • Children should explore colour and how colours can be changed
  • Understand that lines can be used to enclose a space and then begin to use these shapes to              represent objects
  • Begin to describe and create different textures
  • Manipulate materials to achieve a planned effect
  • Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects


Children in Key Stage 1 should:

  • Create - use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Communicate - use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Use techniques to create effects - to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, textures, line, shape, form and space
  • Appreciate artists who inspire and influence us - learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work


Children in Key Stage 2 should:

  • Create and communicatecreate sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Use techniques to create effectsto improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawings, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (eg, pencil, charcoal, paint and clay)
  • Appreciate artists who inspire and influence uslearn about great artists, architects and designers in history