At Altmore we believe that all pupils can achieve in Art and Design. Art lessons are planned to inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative understanding. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art. They are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.

Sequences of lessons are planned and taught in Art and Design based on objectives specific to year groups to ensure the National Curriculum objectives are met. These learning objectives build on prior learning and develop art skills focusing on the following of Art and Design:

  1. Drawing
  2. Painting
  3. Printing
  4. Collage
  5. Textiles
  6. Sculpture


Expressive Arts and Design is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage. At Altmore, we believe that it is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with Art and it is used to develop children’s imagination, creativity and their ability to use a range of media and materials. Children are encouraged to choose materials which help them to make choices and have confidence in their own ideas.

We provide opportunities for children to experiment with different textures and collage materials. Through junk modelling, children have opportunities to think outside the box and learn how to approach a problem which is an important life skill. They use recycled materials such as toilet roll tubes, cardboard boxes, egg boxes and plastic water bottles. With the addition of some fixing material such as glue or sellotape, children can use their imagination and transform the materials into something special.

In EYFS, children have opportunities to develop their drawing skills on a regular basis as they progress from mark making and begin to draw with a purpose. They are also exposed to different media such as paint, crayons and pens which develops their fine motor skills as well as their art skills.

In KS1

In KS1, children are taught about a range of artists (including digital artists), craft makers and designers and their styles of work. They compare famous artwork, describe the similarities and differences and talk about their likes and dislikes, making links to their own work.

Throughout the year, the children have the opportunity to explore a range of tools to develop art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They are able to use materials to creatively design and make products including sculpture materials to create 3D artwork.

At Altmore, we provide opportunities throughout the year linked to different themes including religious festivals and important dates such as Remembrance Day.

Useful Links

Arts & Culture
Tate kids
Teach Kids Art


Useful texts

Children’s book of Art – Andrea Mills
The Dot – Peter H Reynolds
The Day the Crayons quit – Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
Get colouring with Katie – James Mayhew
Learn to Draw with Katie – James Mayhew
Discover Art with Katie – James Mayhew


We consider enrichment activities to be an important part of our children’s learning, providing children with stimulating and engaging practical experiences that support the curriculum and create a love for learning. Throughout the school year, children take part in a variety of enrichment activities. These include: visitors in school, visits from authors, educational visits, competitions, performances and celebrating our ‘Altmore Achievers’ in a weekly assembly.

Inspiring a love of learning in the resilient and confident leaders of tomorrow.