At Gainsborough Primary & Nursery School, we believe that Art and Design lessons can provide children with opportunities to develop imagination and creative thinking.

On this page, you will find a breakdown of the topics we cover in Art throughout the school year, a few examples of the fantastic Art and Design work created in our Art lessons across the school and internet links that you might find useful at home. 

Statement of Intent, Implementation and Impact


  • Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity and involves pupils in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences which enables them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern.
  • Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us.
  • Our art curriculum provides pupils with the opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and techniques. 
  • Pupils learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture, using materials such as pencils, charcoal, paint and clay.
  • Pupils are encouraged to be reflective and evaluate their work by thinking critically about how they could improve or change their techniques.
  • These skills will improve and progress year on year as they are revisited in greater depth and become embedded.
  • Pupils are introduced to a range of famous artists and their works, and learn to create their own masterpieces in their style.
  • Our pupils reflect and learn how art has shaped history and how it differs globally. 


  • The art curriculum at Gainsborough Primary & Nursery School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each key stage. 
  • Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document. Wherever possible, a cross curricular approach is adopted to incorporate art in a broad range of enriching opportunities.
  • In the Early Years Foundation Stage pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities both indoors and outdoors.
  • Progression is planned for to ensure that key skills are revisited and pupils are given the opportunity to consolidate, build on and extend prior learning.
  • Our curriculum is further enriched through our annual school Arts Week where pupils have the opportunity to explore art from different cultures in more detail.

Our art curriculum is a skills based sequence of lessons which is accessible to all.   We provide all pupils the opportunity to achieve and exceed the national expectations by:

  • participating in high quality art lessons provided by class teachers and where possible local artists and experts      
  • incorporating different genre to ensure pupils have lots of choice and develop crucial skills and techniques
  • developing and using key knowledge and vocabulary
  • providing the correct materials and tools to develop specific skills and techniques


  • Our art curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • A celebration of learning which demonstrates progression across the school
  • Pupil discussions about their learning, including discussion about their thoughts, ideas and processing and evaluations of work
  • Monitoring of work
  • Lesson Observations
  • Review of the use of sketchbooks across the school

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