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Bedfont Primary School


Primary School

Art And Design at Bedfont

“Creativity takes courage.”  – Henri Matisse


At Bedfont Primary School, we believe that all pupils can achieve in Art and Design; that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to become well-rounded individuals that think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn about the fundamental elements of Art such as: drawing, painting and printmaking. Children are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. They are introduced to a range of work by great artists and develop their own voice when share their thoughts and opinions on the work. Children are able to build on their skills as they progress through the school. The skills they acquire in Art and Design are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth. 


At Bedfont Primary School, we aim to provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value our core value: creativity. We believe that Art is a hands on activity that requires the teacher to be directly involved with the children during the lesson; to make links to the school's core values, to encourage discussions, impart knowledge, to model activities, to monitor and develop the children’s progress, to encourage development and to ensure that each child reaches an appropriate standard.

All teachers plan sequences of lessons in Art and Design based on the national curriculum objectives specific to their year group and using the school's curriculum map. These learning objectives build on prior learning and develop art skills focusing on the fundamental elements of Art and Design.

  1. Drawing.
  2. Painting
  3. Printmaking
  4. Sculpture (includes clay work)
  5. Crafts/Collage
  6. Textiles
  7. Digital media

Children explore the visual elements: colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children develop their creativity and mastery of techniques. Children of all abilities have opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit and through planned progression.

Early Years Foundation Stage

At Bedfont Primary School, we run continuous provision in which children have access to all resources provided. This gives all children opportunities to explore and experiment, develop their knowledge, skills and understanding at their own pace and interest. We also plan adult led activities and relate the creative development of the children to the points set out in the Foundation Stage Profile. We link this to the age related expectations in Development Matters which underpin the curriculum planning for children from birth to five. The children’s learning includes: art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. The range of experiences, encourages children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extends their understanding.

Key Stage 1

Pupils are 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.

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.

Our pupils are 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.


What would you expect to see in a KS1/KS2 art lesson at Bedfont? 

  • Children using art materials, techniques and skills and/or discussing and sharing their opinions about art (theirs or others).
  • Children using their experiences, research and own ideas to inspire their work and create art. 
  • If painting, children following the whole school painting skills.
  • Children reviewing and refining their work with self and or peer assessment and teacher feedback.
  • Children sharing their opinions about great artists and peer work.
  • Children demonstrating self-confidence, resilience and security by taking risks, problem solving and being curious.


What do pupils tell us about Art and Design?

How do you know when you have made progress in art?

‘We learn more and more each lesson. We add more skills on' - EL.R (Year 2)

'Because the more you learn, the more you can do it. It gets easier.' - R.R (Year 2)

'It doesn't look like how it was before. It looks better' (Year 3)

What is the importance of Art? 

'To improve, to be an artist, creativity' - H (Year 6 2020-21)

'It can calm you down' - S.A (Year 6) 

'We have art lessons to get better at drawing and painting' S (Year 5) 

'Improve own art' - K.D (Year 6)

'Art is my favourite subject. I like painting and drawing' - E.R (Year 2)

'You can learn and practise the skills in school then become a painter' - A.A (Year 2)