Nook Lane Junior School Subject Overviews - Art and Design


At Nook Lane Junior School we strive to deliver high-quality art and design lessons that are fully inclusive to every child and that engage, inspire and challenge our pupils, ignigting their curiosity and creativity and fostering enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts. Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us and, by involving the children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences we encourage them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements and process of art and design. We aim to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works that explore ideas and meanings and which will encourage a life-long passion for creativity that can be applied not just in art and design but across the curriculum and throughout many areas of everyday life.

In their art studies, alongside design and the practical application of skills and knowledge, pupils will enhance their critical thinking through the evaluation and analysis of their own and others' creative works. Through the study of great art, craft and design from a range of historical and cultural backgrounds, children will develop an understanding of the many disciplines within, art, craft and design and how they shape our history and futures whilst also fostering greater global awareness. We believe that learning through creativity builds life skills helping our pupils to be more inquisitive, persistent, imaginative and collaborative. Alongside this, we aim to develop an appreciation that art and design is a vital vehicle for personal expression, for everyone to use their voice and a way in which to explore identity and meet emotional and spiritual needs.

We also value the close links that art and design provides to parents, carers, families and the local and wider community and aim to support this through regular opportunities to share our art and design curriculum with all school stakeholders.


At Nook Lane Junior School, we aspire to help children develop as artists and designers and make use of art effectively in their everyday lives. We support this by delivering Art and Design in a way that follows a sequence and builds progressively each year on the following Art and Design key intentions:

AD1  Children will know about the roles and purposes of great artists, craft makers and designers in different times and cultures.
AD2  Children will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
AD3  Children will be engaged, inspired and challenged to experiment and produce their own creative work, using their knowledge and skills to explore ideas and record their experiences.
AD4  Children will evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

Key Concepts

Throughout their learning, children will develop an in-depth understanding of the following concepts in order to enhance their understanding of artistic choices. These will be continually returned to and discussed within units of learning.

  1. Line - A mark made on a surface that joins different points.
  2. Shape - An area enclosed by a line.
  3. Space - Objects and the area around them.
  4. Form - Three-dimentional objects.
  5. Tone - How light or dark something is.
  6. Colour - The appearance of something in relation to Reflecting light.
  7. Texture - The way that something feels or looks like it feels .
  8. Pattern - A design created by repeating lines, shapes, colours or forms.

Art and Design Key Intentions and Concepts





  Our Art and Design key
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  • The National Curriculum is followed and children are given opportunities to design, make and evaluate a range of works of art and craft using a variety of materials throughout Key Stage 2.
  • A variety of artists, architects and designers from around the world and spanning different time periods are studied across the key stage.
  • Where beneficial, units of work taught in each year group are aligned to the theme learning that takes place in each year group and aim to inspire the children to work creatively, develop resilience and produce a finished product of which they are proud.
  • The skills taught in Art and Design are progressive and allow children to develop techniques, including their control and use of varied materials, with increased creativity and experimentation as they move through school.
  • Pupils use sketch books to record observations; experiment with media, techniques and processes; and plan, develop, review and revisit ideas.
  • Over the course of the key stage pupils are given the opportunity to explore a variety of polarities (traditional skills and experimental work; small and large scale work; quiet reflective study and active, dynamic work; individual work and group work; two dimensional work and three dimensional work; and historical artists and contemporary artists.
  • Where possible, opportunities are sought to develop links with the school community (e.g. visits to art galleries, competitions, family art days).


  • Pupils should enjoy and value the subject. They should know why they are doing things and understand and appreciate the value of the subject in the context of history; of personal wellbeing; and the creative and cultural industries and its many career possibilities.
  • Children will become proficient in a range of practical skills such as drawing, painting and printing which can be transferred to a variety of life skills needed for the future.
  • Experiences in Art and Design will enhance the improvement of fine motor skills, visual and spatial awareness and language development alongside.
  • The Art and Design curriculum will contribute to children's personal development in independence, perseverance, resilience, decision-making, judgement and self-reflection by continually evaluating and improving their work.
  • Children will develop their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness and be able to identify the choices that an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject which in turn helps them to understand the concept that what they see may be someone's interpretation of reality.
  • The children will be prepared to take risks and work innovatively to express themselves.
  • Evidence for assessment will be gathered from reviewing work in sketchbooks/folders, assessing what pupils make, observing how they perform and talking to them about what they know and understand.
  • Progress will be shown through these art and design outcomes and through the processes leading to them.

Overview of Learning

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 3 Designing and making replica Canopic Jars.
Clay skills.
Printing (Christmas paper) Painting skills (Powder paint water art)   Cave paintings  
Year 4 Drawing Greek vases Sewing Baubles applique, joining basic embroidery. Christmas decorations. Mosaics & collage     Drawing and painting
Year 5   Drawing Making a Saxon Brooch. Clay skills   Painting using water colours  
Year 6 Painting WW2 artists (Henry Moore)   Modroc creatures
Wire creations
Designing a company uniform, 3D key badge


Our Curriculum: Art and Design subject booklet gives full details of:

  • National Curriculum, and
  • Knowledge & Skills Progression

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