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Eastbury Community School



Our Curriculum focuses on developing relationships and belonging as this will be central to pupils being successful learners in the short and longer term on their return to school. Where appropriate, there will be a high and forensic focus on securing basic skills in reading, writing through our Art lessons, embedding prior expected learning and striving for all children to be working within year group expectations by the end of the academic year. Our intent is to expose children to a range of artists and for them to be able to critique artwork too. Just as importantly, Art will be used for well-being and self-expression.


At ECS Primary, we are guided by the National Curriculum for Art and Design (2014). We sequence our Art Curriculum to ensure that children are able to build on prior knowledge. The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to:

  • Stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
  • Develop children’s understanding of eight elements; line, tone, colour, form, texture, pattern, shape, space and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings.
  • Explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, helping to develop their ability to observe, evaluate and appreciate other artist’s work. Understand the different roles functions of art and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures.
  • Help children to learn and make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, giving opportunities to review and discuss their own and others work.
  • Ensure children research the artist and critique his/her artwork every first lesson of an art unit. 


At Eastbury, we recognise that Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.

We encourage children to explore ideas and meanings through the work of a range of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

How is the curriculum sequenced?

At Eastbury, our Art Curriculum is sequenced from the National Curriculum. It is broken down into smaller steps to focus on key elements for a unit of work. The first lesson focuses and highlights the artist. The children research key information on the artist and critique his/her work. Then they spend a lot of time exploring the key skills required to create their final art work inspired by the artist.  

There are eight key elements in Art:

  • Line
  • Tone
  • Colour
  • Form
  • Texture
  • Pattern
  • Shape
  • Space

How are you building on prior knowledge and skills?

The art Curriculum is mapped out carefully to help develop children’s knowledge and skills throughout their journey at Eastbury. Skills are heightened by recapping and repeating each aspect of art in more detail e.g. looking at colour mixing of primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Revisiting key skills help children build on their prior knowledge and make connections between different skills they/artists use.  

How are we implementing the recovery curriculum?

Following the school closures due to Covid-19, our priority is for children to feel safe and secure as they return to school. Our recovery curriculum focuses on looking at key concepts from the National Curriculum. From this, the Art Curriculum has been carefully sequenced to ensure we focus on any key skills that have been missed to close gaps in our children’s learning.  

Long Term Planning

Art Overview

Medium Term Planning

Art MTP - Spring 1  

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