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Crondall Primary School

Art and Design Intent



Art and Design contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, aesthetically, physically, socially and cognitively. It provides all children with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively, creatively and develop their understanding of, and respond to the world around them. Pupils are exposed to many visual, tactile and sensory experiences including drawing, painting and sculpture.  Crondall Primary enables pupils to evaluate and analyse the work of great artists which leads them to become involved in, enjoy and appreciate the visual arts. They learn the part that art and design plays in their own and others’ lives, in contemporary life and in different times and cultures.

By the end of EYFS….

  • Children use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology and art.

By the end of KS1…

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • 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.


By the end of KS2…

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • 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].
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Implementation at our school

At Crondall, art is used creatively from Year R to Year 6 to enhance the termly topics. They use a variety of media to experiment and create art work, in line with the whole school topic. This work is completed while also developing their language skills. This is an integral part of the process as they are able to discuss and develop their feelings and emotions during this process. In addition to this the children can talk about the process and the skills involved to allow them to refine, evaluate and create their masterpieces. This makes their art sessions a holistic process. These pieces are displayed within the classroom as well as presented in our hall and ramp displays in order to celebrate and showcase the children’s work.


“It is great to get your thoughts and emotions onto the page. My last piece of art work was inspired by shattered glass we had looked at in class.” – Year 6 child.

“It is very relaxing”. –Year 6 child.

“ I like art because I like improving my techniques. Recently I learnt how to create a thicker or a thinner line using a paint brush and this helped me to create perspective”. – Year 4 child.

“During our water topic, we looked at Monet. He was an impressionist painter who painted pictures by the Thames. We used pastels, painting pens, sponges, paintbrushes, powder paint and watercolour.” – Year 4 child.

“I like art, because I like drawing. I have especially enjoyed our last art topic. We looked at Henry Rousseaux and ‘Tiger in the Tropical Storm”. – Year 1 child.

“We have been looking at Alaska cave paintings and trying to create our own. We then looked at Roman Ruins and tried to recreate these. Its been great! I know all about primary, secondary and tertiary colours with light and dark tones too.” Year 3 child.

I know it is ok if it doesn’t look right the first time. I can just experiment and try my design again to improve my techniques. -Year 4 child.

“This year we have looked at Shaun Tan and created our own sea creatures like him. We then even found a book he had written and an animation he had created! We have also looked at the Castle and Sun’ painting, and used shapes to create our own. “ – Year 2 child.


How to support my child?

Take your child to an art gallery.

Sketch, photograph or observe real life phenomena around them.

Experiment with media and talk about the feel of them.

Celebrate their art work – no matter how small!