Art & Design

This year is going to be an exciting and creative year at Sandown Primary School with various events celebrating the Arts.

We are continuing our working partnership with local artist Lester McGoogan. At the start of the autumn term Years 2 and 3 had the opportunity to study Lester’s work and create artworks in his style. Lester visited the school in October and worked alongside children and parents/carers in a special workshop.


Due to the success of the KS2 Art club last year we are now able to offer an Arts club for KS1 run by Mrs Hughes. This is already proving very popular and the children have created some wonderful dinosaur artworks.

This November we will once more be hosting part of the Hastings Storytelling Festival. This year’s theme is ‘Displacement’ with the children exploring the idea through key texts and various art forms including drama, poetry, music, art, design and technology. ‘Emmanuel the Magnificent’ will be in school to run storytelling and circus workshops. The children will create banners and masks ready for the procession through Old Town Hastings at the end of the week.

art-2 art-3To fit with our school vision of supporting the children to have ‘high aspirations’ we hope to continue with the nationally recognised scheme ‘The Arts Award’. This award aims to inspire young people and grow their confidence and creativity in the Arts. Last year the school achieved the Arts Award at ‘Discover’ Level which we hope other year groups may go on to achieve later in the year.





Aims and Purpose

At Sandown we aim to equip children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Through the Arts Award and national curriculum for art and design 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
Foundation Stage

Expressive Arts and Design is part of the curriculum in Reception.

Exploring media and marks:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, form and function.

Being Imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.

They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology and art.

Key Stage 1 – Years 1 & 2
Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 & 6