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Aims of the national curriculum

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


At Chillingham Road School we see Art as a way to experience and respond to the world. We believe that it can raise children’s self-esteem and that art activities can give them a feeling of well- being. 


Art is a significant form of self-expression, particularly as it provides an alternative to the spoken and written forms of self -expression which dominate the school curriculum.  


It is an important lesson for the development of motor skills, such as pencil and paintbrush control; the ability to manipulate different materials; the control of the thickness and plasticity of clay. Mastery of different media requires focus and persistence. It encourages concentration on detail, good listening skills and a critical eye. 


Study of the work of famous artists, sculptors, designers and architects contributes to children’s cultural capital. It improves their general knowledge and adds to their understanding of broader human history. 


Art is accessible to all. Learning through art can give children the confidence to try new things and experiment with the unknown. It may encourage new ways of thinking and seeing the world. It can give a child a new voice. 

Our definition of art

Art is a diverse range of human activity, and resulting product, that involves creative or imaginative talent expressive of technical proficiency, beauty, emotional power, or conceptual ideas.


Our whole school curriculum is organised so that every child in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 has one hour of art a week.  In Early Years, children access Expressive Art & Design – this includes musical and dance experiences too. The table below shows the art focus across each half term. Please see our Art overview how we have mapped the skills in our curriculum priorities.


art overview chillingham road primary.pdf





Our art sketchbooks will show a range of materials and processes. Within our children’s art sketchbooks, you will see that they have used drawing, painting, collage. There is always space to experiment with and you will notice that we teach it’s ok to make mistakes



Children at Chillingham Road will:

  • Art is valued and promoted at Chillingham Road Primary
  • Children can describe their art journey including what they’ve enjoyed and the skills and knowledge they are developing using technical terms. They are involved in assessing their progress. 
  • Children know that their own art style is important and valued.
  • Children have developed as artists during their time at school.
  • Children know that art is a social tool and how it is important in society.
  • Our children have worked with a variety of local artists and visited their studios-our children are able to see the arts as a future career path.
  • The school has good links with the community and art is seen as a driver of wellbeing and community cohesion.



art policy.pdf