“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”      

 Quentin Blake


At Brookside, we provide a positive and caring environment that ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and believe that every child within our school should have full access to the Art provision as laid down in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability.

The intent of our Art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others. There is great pleasure to be derived from Art learning and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. At Brookside we believe that the learning of Art provides a valuable educational, as well as social and cultural experiences for children of all ages. Pupils develop life skills and have the chance to extend their knowledge of a practitioner’s works.

Our whole school curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills in art using a range of media and materials. Children have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas developing skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art.

Children study a range of works by famous artists to develop knowledge of styles. The skills they acquire during their art lessons are linked to their cross-curricula learning.  All lessons are planned to ensure clear progression and depth in each key strand.  Art is displayed to motivate and inspire others and to celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class.


Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate a progression of skills and knowledge and to stimulate creativity. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this, as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.

In Art, children are reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. This is meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. Children are encouraged to take risks, experiment, and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project. We follow the National curriculum for Art and Design, supplemented by resources from Kapow and our own planning. In addition to planned lessons, we also plan art days, trips out to art galleries and invite artists into school. We also run after school art clubs. 


To assess the impact of our Art and Design curriculum we assess children against curriculum end points using a school online tracking system to monitor children's progress and attainment in art and design.  Ms Smith is our art leader and works closely with all staff to help deliver successful and enjoyable art lessons.  


Art & Design Curricululm


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