Art & Design

Subject Leader – Mrs Laura Corbett


At Selside School, the art and design curriculum is linked to our class topics lessons and offers a sequence of lessons to ensure they have covered the skills required. Art and design is an essential part of the primary curriculum and aims to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to be creative and imaginative. Children have the opportunity to explore the work of a range of artists to evaluate, inspire and develop their own ideas. In line with our school values children are encourage to find Courage to explore their own ideas and to Respect and appreciate the ideas of others. We look for opportunities for children to collaborate with their friends on larger art projects.


We use Access Art to support our Art and Design learning in school. Our Art Curriculum is knowledge-rich, where our pupils learn a wide range of skills focusing on drawing and sketching; surface and colour; and working in 3 dimension which they build on year by year. We use a series of “Talking Points” resources, carefully curated to introduce our pupils to a wide variety of artists, designers and craftspeople from across the world. We study artists, designers and craftspeople not so we can make copies or pastiches of their style, but so we can learn from the way they see the world.

Art and Design Long Term Plans

Art Long Term Assessment and Vocabulary

Primary National Curriculum_-_Art and Design

What does Art and Design look like in the EYFS

Enrichment and Culture Capital

Art and design is an important asset to the primary curriculum, as it allows the child to immerse themselves into a world of imagination and creativity. By doing this, they are gaining the skills to be able to record their own imagination and ideas as they become independent learners with a mindset to grow. We aim to provide artistic opportunities so that every child can flourish in a place where they feel safe, happy and confident:

-Visiting local Artists

-Arts Award

-School trips to galleries and exhibits

-After school clubs


We want our Pupils to become Artists and Designers who have:

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.