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Art and Design


The intent for Art at Sandown School is for children to feel engaged, inspired and challenged by providing them with the knowledge and skills to create their own works of art, craft and design. We want children to understand how art and design has shaped our history and culture. We aim for the children to have a life-long love of art and develop their self-confidence and sense of pride in their own achievements by allowing time for reflection and review.

The children should leave the school having become:

· increasingly confident in drawing, painting and sculpture techniques

· able to identify and talk about the work of great artists, craft makers, designers and architects

· able to discuss and annotate their work and ideas and make comparisons with that of artists

· confident to use the language of art, craft and design

Curriculum Overview

Read the content of our Art and Design curriculum for each year group.

For additional information about this subject, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the subject leader.


Throughout each year group, children explore a range of materials and learn how to use different tools and techniques to create their own artworks. Children will learn about the primary and secondary colours, tints and shades, and how colours can create moods and use materials such as paint, watercolours and pastels to experiment with these. At Sandown, the children also have the opportunity to work on their sculpting skills using a range of malleable materials including junk modelling, metal and clay. They learn to cut, sculpt, mould and add textures to their models.


Children will explore natural materials and loose parts, such as leaves, stones, shells, sticks and seeds, to create their own art pieces. Nature will be used as inspiration for creating art and the children will looking at patterns in nature, including in water, animal’s skin and flowers. In KS2, the children will also consider art as having an environmental message using recycled materials.

Significant People, artwork and movements

At Sandown, the children will be exposed to famous artists and artworks including Vincent van Gogh, LS Lowry, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst. They will learn how to describe, compare and contrast what they see in artworks and give their own opinions, as well as discuss the significance of art and specific movements from a range of times and cultures.

Drawing Skills

Through the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 the children learn how to hold a pencil correctly and how to use their pencil to draw different lines, shapes and patterns. They learn how to use ‘pressure on’ and ‘pressure off’ to draw dark and light lines and begin to learn how to look closely at objects and draw things as they actually appear.

Moving into KS2 the children start to draw increasingly accurately and learn how to sketch out their work first. They use different drawing materials to show tone, patterns and textures.

Painting skills

The children gradually start to build their confidence using paints. They begin by learning the different equipment they will need and how to set up their ‘painting stations’. They make choices over the correct colours to use and how to paint within the lines.

By the end of KS1 they become proficient at being able to name the primary colours and using red, blue and yellow to mix the secondary colours.

In KS2 the children start to make tones and shades of different colours and start to explore how colour is used to create mood. They are introduced to watercolours and explore and experiment with painting techniques used by different artists.


At Sandown the children have the opportunity to work on their sculpting skills using a range of materials from junk modelling, paper, card and clay. They learn to cut, sculpt, mould and add textures to their models.