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Art and Design

Art and Design at Southey Green Primary School


Art and Design Leads: Miss H. Robinson




At Southey Green School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. Art, craft and design exemplifies some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


We ensure the teaching sequence of art encompasses developing art skills before producing a final piece. Teachers follow the progression document to ensure their art skills are always moved forwards. Where possible, their art learning is based around the history, geography or science curriculum learning. However, many discrete art and design units are taught to the children to make sure there is a coverage of skills and different opportunities for the children. Some of these units adopt a whole school approach where we can see a clear progression of skills and work together towards the end goal such as selling art work at the Christmas Fayre.

Children learn about different artists and cultures and the skills behind their work. Children also get the opportunity to practise these skills within their sketch books before developing their own final composition.

As stated in our curriculum policy, we aim for all of our children to

  • Literate
  • Numerate
  • Being able to articulate ideas, understanding and opinions in a confident manner at all levels using rich vocabulary
  • With raised aspirations with children ready to take on new challenges
  • Have experiences that provoke curiosity and deepen understanding
  • Become responsible and respectful members of our society
  • Have strong cultural capital


There are many ways in which we strive to achieve this and below are just a few examples

We are a mindful school

We are ready to learn


We are respectful to all

We are responsible for ourselves

  • Build upon prior knowledge.
  • Listen actively to all direction in lessons.
  • Try hard in every session.
  • Research an artist before attempting work in their style.
  • Know and select effective resources for a specific task.
  • Handle all equipment with respect and care.
  • Share equipment.
  • Know that art is subjective.
  • Listen and respect other people’s opinions.


  • Keep equipment safe and secure.
  • Accept feedback and respond on


Art and Design Key Knowledge, Skills and Concepts 


At Southey Green, we recognise the importance of children understanding key concepts, skills and knowledge and how these support children’s learning.

Here are Southey Green’s key art and design concepts which are woven into our design and technology curriculum.