The aims of teaching art in our school are: 

  • To 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. 
  • To know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. 
  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. 
  • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques 
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. 
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 


An art unit is taught each term, the focus of which can be found on year group overviews. However, art is not restricted to the art lesson and children often have the opportunity to apply their art skills and support their learning in other areas, whether it be art linked to poetry writing in English or developing on drama used to explore life in a different period in history.

The children are given a range of opportunities to explore a wide variety of materials and techniques, developing their skills and thinking as young artists. We often use opportunities to learn about local artists, through exhibitions that may happen nearby. 

The curriculum is progressively mapped and so allows the children to build on skills, knowledge and techniques year on year. Throughout each unit, the children build on previous understanding through five areas of content: making skills, generating ideas, formal elements, knowledge of artists and evaluating their work. Various media types are explored within each unit to give the widest possible range of experiences for all children.


By the time children leave Ambleside Primary School, we want them to have developed a passion for art and creativity, working both independently and collaboratively. They will have grown in confidence when using a range of tools and techniques, becoming artists that can apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout the years and respond critically to their own and other’s work.


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