Art and Design at Barnehurst



At Barnehurst, Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. 

Art, craft, and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire, and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity, and wealth of our nation. 

At Barnehurst we aim to ensure that all pupils: 

  1.  produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 

  1.  become expert in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft, and design techniques 

  1.  evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft, and design 

  1.  know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 


SMSC and Art

At Barnehurst we belive that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education should be evident in everything we do. In Art the work of children becomes a spiritual encounter as it develops from the initial learning of skills. They are introduced to the work of great Artists and experience wonder and awe at the achievements of these great works of art. They also experience great admiration and respect for their peers’ work when they see the level of achievement and progress. Pupils understand that this standard of work does not happen immediately but requires endurance. Throughout their time at Barnehurst the children will be introduced to art from various religions and have the opportunity and time to reflect on these. Within Art and Design children will continually be able to enjoy the beauty and awe of the natural world and recognise how artists celebrate this in their artform. 

They incorporate mutual respect and the consideration for others’ work. Pupils are encouraged to show compassion when assessing the work of others. Understanding how their comments can build up or destroy another’s self-belief. Displays around the school and in classrooms show a variety of different art work from age groups and abilities. This promotes children to be positive about their work and increases self-esteem. Throughout their time in Barnehurst, the children will frequently need to work in pairs, groups or teams. This will allow the children to work collaboratively building upon the skills of cooperation and communication. 

All units of work link with contextual themes involving various cultures and civilizations from around the world. They lead to a greater understanding of different ways of life and a respect for cultures that are very different from their own; how they can enrich their own lives. The fusion of art work between their own and other cultures leads to pupils incorporating designs, patterns and motifs in their own work developed by a deeper understanding of the culture. All key stages ensure that Art is taught as part of a topic and alongside other subjects to gain a greater understanding of different cultures. 


Art Implementation 

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the Art and Design curriculum. During their time at Barnehurst  

Early Years Foundation Stage 

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to: 

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials 

  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them to manipulate and create different effects. 

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas 

  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose 

  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately 

  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary 

Key stage 1 

Pupils are taught: 

  1.  to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products 

  1.  to use drawing, painting, and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination 

  1.  to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form, and space 

  1.  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.  

Key Stage 2 

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation, and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft, and design. 

  Pupils are taught: 

  1.  to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting, and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] 

  1.  about great artists, architects, and designers in history. 


Impact of Art

Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;  

  • Looking at progressions of skills using the children’s sketch books 

  • Pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.