Bishop Hooper Church of England Primary

Believing Together, Achieving Together

The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our curriculum - Art

'Children are naturally creative. It is our job to give them the freedom, materials and space to enable their creativity flourish to its full potential.'

 - Jean Van't Hull


The intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. Finally children will develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. 


The teaching and learning of Art at Bishop Hooper CE Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

The children are taught Art as a discrete subject, alternating half-termly with Design and Technology. 

All pupils explore and use a variety of media and material through their Art lessons and skills are taught to build technique progressively.

While focussing on key skills such as sketching, painting, colour mixing, sculpture and collage, famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning.

The children's learning is further enhanced with whole school 'Experience' days when Art is linked with other subjects to give the children opportunities for collaborative working and exploring different styles and techniques of art. (See RE area photo gallery for the Batik and 'Fishers of men' workshop.)


Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary


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 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 use of media and materials.
  • To be creative and experiment; building an increasing awareness of different kinds of arts and crafts
  • To improve their mastery of techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture, with a range of materials
  • About great artists, architects and designers throughout history



The creativity of all our pupils is celebrated through communal displays, publishing on the weekly newsletter and on our website and Twitter feed.

Ongoing assessment takes place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. Assessments are analysed and gaps in attainment are addressed.

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within the Early Learning Goals and progress is tracked using their individual learning journeys on Tapestry.