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Our Art Story

At Old Clee Primary Academy, our aim is for every child to develop an

appreciation of art and the confidence to see themselves as an artist.



National Curriculum Intent

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.


Our Intent

At Old Clee, we aim for the children to experience and study a wide range of art from a diverse selection of artists through a structured sequence of lessons; focus artists include both traditional world-renowned artists and local and modern day artists and represent diversity in terms of nationality, gender and race. There are many opportunities for pupils to see, experience and appreciate different styles of art – whether it be physically, first hand, via printouts or online. It is important that the children understand the artists’ styles as their work is inspired by the artists being studied; the children are provided with opportunities to recreate various pieces in the style of the focus artists and are then given the creative freedom to take inspiration and enjoy developing and refining their own work. A supportive learning environment is created in order for the children to develop the confidence to take pride in their own artistic achievements and embrace their mistakes as an essential part of their ongoing experimentation and progression. Revisiting techniques and styles offers opportunities for the children to learn, understand and embed their knowledge and skills set in their long term memory. Evaluation skills are developed throughout the artistic process as the children are taught and encouraged to use technical vocabulary through critical discussion when analysing and evaluating the work of established artists and their peers as well as their own. Art is subject to the artist’s opinion; art is therefore a subject for all of the children to be immersed in and enjoy.


Our Implementation

At Old Clee Primary Academy, the Art curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.

Within Foundation stage, activities and experiences for pupils are based on the seven areas of learning and development. Whilst these areas are inter-connected, provision for Art primarily focuses upon the Expressive Arts and Design area and also incorporates aspects of Physical Development. Regular, frequent and varied opportunities are provided for exploring a wide range of media and materials through play; imagination and creativity are nurtured and celebrated and artistic knowledge, skills and understanding are developed and refined.

From Years 1 to 6, three overarching skills - continuous concepts - are focused on within each lesson (A1 To develop ideas, A2 To master techniques and A3 To take inspiration from the greats). Within those continuous concepts, the skills are broken down into individual concept elements which form the specific objectives within lessons. Art is taught for an average of one hour a fortnight within a two-weekly cycle, partnered with DT in the week it is not taught. Over the year, each year group studies four different artists, and research on these artists is carried out at the start of each term or half-term as appropriate. Across the course of a two-yearly cycle, the children focus on the six key areas of art: painting, drawing and 3D (first year in the cycle/Years 1, 3 and 5) and collage, printing and textiles (second year in the cycle/Years 2, 4 and 6). Interleaving the six forms of art allows each area to be introduced, explored, revisited and refined to ensure the children are able to deepen their understanding of techniques and styles and discuss and communicate more technically about their learning. Specific vocabulary is highlighted for use within each year group to ensure technical language is learnt and built upon progressively throughout the school. The children work in and out of a sketchbook, which is an ongoing capsule of art efforts and experimentation; this book follows them throughout their years at Old Clee showcasing the techniques and styles learned and improved upon.

Engaging and vibrant themed displays showcase the art studied and produced by the children across the school. These displays celebrate the work of the children as artists, offer inspiration to others and provide an insight into what the different year groups are learning.


An example of skills progression within our Art curriculum – A2 To master techniques, Printing



Great examples of Art at Old Clee:



The Impact

The impact and measure of Art at Old Clee is that our children will leave the school having experienced different forms of art from a diverse range of artists. They will be prepared to face the challenges of the KS2/3 curriculum with confidence, displaying the qualities of resilience and perseverance as they continually evaluate and strive to improve upon their own achievements. They will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to respond to art confidently within the wider world using technical vocabulary to offer and justify opinions, and will have the life-long confidence to enjoy the artistic process of selecting and using different materials and techniques to create and refine their own artwork and to celebrate their own artistic accomplishments.


If you were to walk into an Art lesson at Old Clee, you would see:

  • Enthusiastic pupils who are engaged, challenged and enjoying learning.
  • Pupils who are able to articulate the context of their learning, discussing focus artists, media, techniques and previous learning with confidence.
  • Elements of the three continuous concepts (A1 To develop ideas, A2 To master techniques and A3 To take inspiration from the greats).
  • Children who are able to choose and use a variety of media and techniques in their artwork.
  • A supportive learning environment in which pupils are not afraid to explore, celebrate successes and learn from mistakes.
  • A high level of pupil pride in their work and high quality artwork being produced.
  • Elements of self-assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment to ensure that learning is tracked and that pupils progress.


Pupil Voice:

What does being an Artist mean at Old Clee?

Year 5 pupil: ‘Learning about artists and doing art.’

Year 6 pupil: ‘Creativity and creating art pieces. Also, researching different artists.’


What do you think of your Art lessons?

Year 5 pupil: ‘I really like art lessons. I like the different sorts of art we do – tonnes instead of one type.’

Year 6 pupil: ‘They are good lessons. We’ve learnt about artists and got to do their art styles.’


What would you like to improve about being an artist in your Art lessons?

Year 5 pupil: ‘We could draw more to improve. We’ve learnt a lot of facts.’

Year 6 pupil: ‘To be able to figure out a style in our own ways.’


Successes in 20/21

  • Pupils have been exposed to a varied range of art from a diverse range of artists.
  • Pupils have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of media and techniques.
  • Some outstanding quality artwork has been produced, evident within sketchbooks and on display throughout the school and on the school website.
  • Pupils have a positive attitude to Art lessons and enjoy Art at Old Clee.


Priorities for 21/22

  • Monitor coverage of the revised Art curriculum.
  • Identify CPD requirements and offer high quality training opportunities in response.
  • Situation permitting, arrange visits and visitors to allow more first-hand experiences of art.
  • Ensure that sequences of Art lessons are not research heavy and that plenty of opportunities for both emulating the work of the focus artists and being inspired to produce own original artwork are provided.