Harworth Church of England Academy


Curriculum Objectives



EYFS 'Development Matters is used to support each individual child's development pathway'

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.  

Our Art Curriculum

At our school, art lessons link closely to themes and objectives of each term. The way art is taught is through a progression of skills from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Art is split up into several concepts and skills:

  • Making Skills
  • Generating Ideas
  • Knowledge
  • Evaluation
  • Language 

Please follow the link to see how the progression of skills develops from Year 1 to Year 6.

For autumn term, please see the attached knowledge organisers, vocabulary and artists for each topic. Here teachers work closely with these aspects to develop knowledge, skills and artistic facts in children.


Painting/ Drawing

Lowry - 'You don't need brains to be a painter.'

Year 1

Formal elements of art

Jasper Johns - 'To be an artist you have to give up everything including the desire to be a good artist.'


Year 2

Formal elements of art

Max Ernst – 'Creativity is that marvellous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition.'

Year 3

Pre-historic art

Alana Ciena Tillman – 'I was born without the use of arms and hands. As a result, I learned how to draw and paint by mouth.'

Year 4

Formal elements of art

Pablo Picasso - 'Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.'

Year 5

Formal elements of art

Frank Gehry – ‘The best advice I’ve been given is to be yourself – the best artists do that…’

Year 6

Art and design skills

Edward Hopper - ‘If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.’