Grove Wood Primary School

Grove Wood Primary School

Strive Positivity Achieve Respect Kindness

Grove Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8UA

01268 743445




Our Vision

Grove Wood Primary School believes that the teaching of art, craft and design should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works. As pupils progress, they are challenged to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the principles of art and design. They explore how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity of our nation.


We aim 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

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.

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;

• 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


We offer a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. Children will also develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. This progression grid will support any subject leader or teacher of art to ensure progression of skills and knowledge.


The progression of each art form, vocabulary and skill is clearly structured to give the teacher and adults leading art confidence in progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met. Each key stage focuses on different themes to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge. The lessons develop techniques sequentially, including the control and use of materials with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Children are also shown how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.



Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across the school. Teachers have higher expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the materials, skills and processes specified. Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world. Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.

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