‘Art is learning new skills to be creative and imaginative’




We aim to develop our core values of resilience, respect and appreciation through our Art curriculum. We want our children to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enable them to enjoy exploring, experimenting and communicating through art. We want pupils to become absorbed in the process of creating without fear of failure or making mistakes. We aim to develop their vocabulary to express their response to the work of artists and their understanding that art is valued and appreciated by people of all ages.



The Art curriculum is planned to enable children to experience using a range of techniques and equipment to produce 2D and 3D work. There are opportunities for children to create, practice and explore by providing equipment for play activities through continuous provision in Early Years and ‘Golden time’ in KS1.


Skills and the related vocabulary are taught during directed tasks, usually in the context of producing a finished piece of work. Skills and techniques are revisited throughout the EYFS and KS1 to enable children to consolidate and make progressMany art activities are linked to topics, enabling children to understand art as a way of communicating ideas and exploring a subject.


We give children the opportunity to respond to, and talk about the work of famous artists, making links between different pieces of work. This develops children’s understanding of the importance of art as a stimulus for exploration of subjects and techniques. Before leaving our school, children will have worked on their own project with a practising artist.


Some artwork is treated as experimental, with emphasis on the skill rather than a finished product, but when appropriate children are encouraged to take pride in their work and appreciate the work of others through displays in classrooms and communal areas. We build resilience by allowing children make several attempts at a task when they need to. In EYFS and KS1, some work is completed in art books to allow children to see their own progress and evaluate their work.




Our Curriculum

At Boldmere we encourage children to enjoy and appreciate Art and to respond and express themselves creatively to a variety of stimuli. We use a thematic style, teaching skills and knowledge through a topic based, cross curricular approach. We ensure that our coverage meets the requirements of the National Curriculum programmes of study for Art and Design, as well as the continuity and progression of skills, knowledge and understanding

At Boldmere we;

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • Use drawing, painting, and sculpture to develop and share children’s ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • Teach 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.


Take a look at some of our Art work!


Art in Year 2


Art in Year 1




Art in Reception