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“Creativity is intelligence having fun”.
― Albert Einstein


Subject Leader: Ms Tucker


Downshall follow the national curriculum and adapt our planning and implementation to achieve the needs of the relevant cohort each year.

Using the four cornerstones pedagogy, first quality teaching ensures that the key skills and knowledge are taught memorably to enable learning to be transferred to long term memory.

Subject Drivers

Art inspires creativity and imagination, therefore at Downshall, we want our children to begin to develop an understanding that there are different styles and opinions about art.

We want to equip children with the skills they need to participate in art, especially developing confidence in their drawing skills. An annual self-portrait in their sketchbooks will demonstrate progression of their skills overtime.

Children will also have opportunities to evaluate their own work and work of others, using vocabulary that they have learnt.

National Curriculum

Please use this link to access the National Curriculum programs of study.

Our Curriculum Subject Vision Document

Please use this link to access our most up to date Curriculum Subject Vision document. Please follow this link to access our most up to date Skills and Knowledge progression grid.

Art & Design in the Early Years

Expressive Arts and Design is one of the seven areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage. In this specific area of learning children explore their own imagination and creativity and learn how to create using different materials and tools.

Please see below table showing some of the prerequisite skills that children explore in the Early Years to help prepare them for the national curriculum:

  Three and Four year olds Reception Early Learning Goal
Physical Development
  • Use large-muscle movements to wave flags and streamers, paint and make marks.
  • Use one-handed tools and equipment, for example, making snips in paper with scissors.
  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently.
  • Use their core muscle strength to achieve a good posture when sitting at a table or sitting on the floor.
  • Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paintbrushes and cutlery.
  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing
Expressive Arts and Design
  • Create closed shapes with continuous lines, and begin to use these shapes to represent objects.
  • Explore colour and colour mixing
  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.
  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.


Units Each Term Year 1 to Year 6

Year 1 Mix it Funny Faces and Fabulous Features Rays and Sunrays Street View
Year 2 Mix it Still Life Flower Head Portraits and Poses
Year 3 Contrast and Complement Prehistoric Pots Ammonite People and Places Beautiful Botanicals Mosaic Monsters
 Year 4 Contrast and Complement Warp and Weft Vista Animal Statues, Statuettes and Figurines Islamic Art
Year 5 Tints, Tones and Shades Taotie Line, Light and Shadows Nature's Art Mixed Media Expression
Year 6 Gallery Rebels Trailblazers, Barrier Breakers Take One Picture Take One Picture Take One Picture Take One Picture

Examples of Learning

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Quotes from Pupil Ambassadors

“I like art because it makes me calm and be creative. I like all the different types of art” - Nabiha 6M

“I like art because I can share my imagination with others. I like unusual paintings, like when there’s 4 eyes coming out of a tree and strange things like that!”  - Aida 6M

Links to Helpful Websites


A group of Year 5 & 6 pupils have been working on an exciting project with an Art Specialist. They have been creating their own designs on lino based on Iznik tiles and will be exploring printing them

Subject Displays

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