Art & Design

At Hellingly School we want children to enjoy being expressive in Art! We encourage pupils to work creatively and promote opportunities to develop key skills in their sketchbooks, which they take from Year 1 to Year 6. We want children to not be afraid of mistake making and have the opportunities to discuss relevant artists.

Art and Design at Hellingly

At Hellingly Primary School the teaching of Art is inclusive to every child. Our aims are to: fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum, to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills, foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and  to develop a knowledge of significant and local artists. As pupils progress in the school they are taught to have a critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art in different times and cultures.

Art stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern. Hellingly pupils leave equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment with their own works of art and to be able to think critically. 

Hellingly’s Art and Design Curriculum

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Hellingly, we ensure that art and design is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children the potential to excel across the curriculum.

Every child has their own artist’s sketchbook  which they work in throughout their entire school life.This shows their development throughout their time in Primary education and enables them to become reflective practitioners.  

The art curriculum at Hellingly School is planned using our progression of knowledge and skills document. Teachers can use this document to plan their art and design lessons suitable to their class’s interests and what they want to learn about. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.

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
– 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.

Progression of Knowledge

Progression of Skills

What do the children at Hellingly say about Art?

“I just love getting messy!”

“It’s always really satisfying when you’ve done something that you’re proud of and you can look at it at the end of a lesson and think I did that!”

“I like it all. Drawing, painting, sculpture. I like everything!”

“I’m really proud of the sketches that I have made in my sketch book this term.”

“I just enjoy the fact that in our sketch books we get to be creative.”

Pupil’s Work

Find below a selection of sketchbook examples.

Home Art Activities

Have a look below for some fun activities to keep you busy …

Have a look on the Tate Kids website. It has lots of information about artists and some cool activities.

Take a virtual tour around Monet’s house …

A few arty ideas:

Use kitchen roll as a mindfulness colouring page

Make a plastic milk bottle bird feeder

Make an Elmer the Elephant out of a plastic milk bottle

Take mindful colouring outside with chalk

You can find example of pupil artwork in the Art & Design news category.