All pupils are able to take part in a range of artistic activities that seek to develop children’s creativity, imagination and improve their self-esteem. We do this through exploring famous artists, architects and designers, and developing skills through a range of mediums. Art has no borders! It allows you to communicate all over the world.

The Importance of Art

Through art, children have an excellent opportunity to communicate their inner thoughts and feelings through a range of media. It is a known fact that art is a therapeutic experience for many enabling children to express themselves as well as promoting physical co-ordination and wellbeing. 

“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. High-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design” Primary National Curriculum England 2014 

“As pupils progress, they should 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.” Primary National Curriculum England 2014


The National Curriculum for art and design states that schools should ensure that all pupils: 

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques 
  • Evaluate and analyse creative work 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.

Grove Vale Primary aims to give children the opportunity to:

  • Express themselves creatively and share their thoughts, feelings, opinions and ideas through their art.
  • Develop technical skills in drawing, painting, printing, collaging and constructing 3D art.
  • Study a range of different artists and their work (including artists of different ages, cultures and time periods), using these artists to inspire and inform their own artwork.
  • Appraise and constructively critique their own artwork and the artwork of others.
  • Gain an understanding of the 7 elements of art (line, shape, space, form, colour, tone, texture).
  • Develop an appreciation of art as a form of creativity and expression, both in terms of their own experiences and the experiences of others.



At Grove Vale, we follow the Programmes of Study for Art as outlined in the National Curriculum for Key Stage One and Two. Teachers follow the 'Plan Bee' scheme, a progressive programme of study which covers all aspects of the Art national curriculum, as well as including their own adaptations and additions based on the specific needs and knowledge of our children. Children are given the chance to work artistically from EYFS to Key Stage 2, exploring a range of different skills and mediums. Alongside learning and practise skills, children learn about significant artists and artistic movements and reflect on how this can influence their own work and ideas. The curriculum coverage is mapped out on our progression of skills document and one Art topic is taught per term in every year group. We take a whole school approach to our Art Curriculum so children's skills are revisited and developed progressively from EYFS to year 6.  

The areas of Art our curriculum covers are: 

  • Drawing 
  • Painting 
  • Printing 
  • Collage 
  • 3D modelling and sculpture


Art Long Term Plans




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