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At Fairhaven, art is taught across school through topic work.  The curriculum we deliver is designed to cover the National Curriculum and also ensure that the skills the children are learning are progressive from year to year.



Art work will mostly be completed in a sketch book (which will follow the children from year group to year group) although some pieces of art and design may be seen in topic books also. 




Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A 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.

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.



The national curriculum for art and design aims to 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 works 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.



Subject content

Key stage 1

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.


Key stage 2

Pupils should be 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.

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.


What do the pupils say about Art and Design at Fairhaven? 



"I like to paint."   Reception


"Art is my favourite subject." Year 1 


"I love drawing and sketching." Year 2 


"My favourite thing was working with clay. " Year 3


"I like to be creative and I love that this links in with my topic work too." Year 4


"Learning about Surrealism was my favourite thing." Year 5 


"I like to learn about different artists and learn about their style of Art."  Year 6




Useful Art Websites

These websites may be useful, especially during this home-learning time!


Our Art Gallery

Lockdown Sketch Book Art Examples:

Assessment in Art and Design